That’s how Joel Sherman of the NY Post began his article this morning in which he asserts that this is the last year the Mets general manager gets to explain away a worsening major league product in the name of rebuilding.
The patience extended the Alderson regime, in general, is greater than most in his position receive around here. Consider Brian Cashman’s Yankees have made the playoffs 14 of his 15 years as GM, including last season when they had the AL’s best record and actually won a playoff round.
Alderson took a 79-win team that got Omar Minaya fired and turned it into a 77-win team, then a 74-win team. And it would surprise few watching the Mets this spring if they won 73 or fewer in 2013.
I agree with him and most of the fans I speak to lately, all see this season as the one where their patience in Alderson needs to pay off and start showing signs that are visible in the standings and on the field.
Alderson took over a troubled roster with some bloated contracts that are now mostly gone. The biggest contract on the Mets, now belongs to David Wright and it was Alderson who signed off on it.
The years of shedding established stars for minor league prospects have taken its toll on the major league squad, especially in the outfield where the damage is most visible. But the farm system has grown and is stocked with many promising right-handed starters and versatile shortstops. However, lefthanded starters, outfielders, and corner infielders are still in short supply.
While Alderson has gone into each season under the guise of competitiveness and “not punting”, you didn’t need a trained eye to see what was really happening here. This was a rebuild all the way.
But this is also New York, and you can’t be stuck in a perpetual rebuilding loop. At some point the results need to start pointing up and that promise of “better days ahead” needs to become more apparent.
So yes, this year is Alderson’s “no more excuses” season with the Mets. Or as Sherman calls it, “his final Mulligan.”
His cash outlay for 2013 is around $80 million, far less than he was allowed to spend.
In 2014 he has about $38 million in payroll obligations.
There will be no more free passes after 2013 and all Sandy will have to stand on is the team’s won-loss record from here on in.
The time for talking about the future is coming to an end… The time for delivering on that future is now at hand.