MetsBlog’s Matt Cerrone has learned that unless the Mets let Sandy Alderson spend money to improve the team this coming offseason, he will resign as general manager of the team after 2014.
Sandy Alderson wants to significantly move this franchise forward in the next year or so. And, if it doesn’t happen, or if he isn’t allowed to spend a good portion of new money coming off the books because revenue is down again, he may very well choose to leave the team after his contract expires after 2014.
I’m surprised this post of his got by the censors at SNY.
If this is true, it only validates what I’ve been saying that Alderson’s only years where his teams went to the post season was when he had one of the top five payrolls in baseball when he was with Oakland.
I never bought into this whole “Sandy can win without spending” mantra that has dominated his tenure in New York. Without spending, Alderson has presided over eight straight losing seasons going back to San Diego and Oakland. By the time Billy Beane started incorporating his Moneyball techniques to acquire undervalued assets, Sandy was long gone. His role on those solid A’s years was as minimal as his character role in the movie – almost non-existent.
Alderson was brought here to change the culture, rebuild an under-performing roster, polish a very tarnished image, and restock the farm. The only thing he’s accomplished among those initiatives was the latter and it took trading a Cy Young and All Star outfielder, at the expense of the MLB roster, to accomplish it.
Cerrone also has learned that the Mets will now consider moving Zack Wheeler in the right deal for an outfielder.
As I’ve maintained since – forever – the Mets have nothing on the way in the minors, first round draft pick Brandon Nimmo is moving too slow, and there a lack of quality outfielders in this year’s free agency crop where ironically Carlos Beltran is the best of the bunch.
This team is in worse shape than it was when Sandy took over, and denying that only means you’re operating with blinders on. Even the Jeff and Fred Wilpon owned MetsBlog is now admitting as much. So what are you waiting for?