New York Mets: Sandy Alderson can not keep playing Moneyball
It seems that the New York Mets have resigned General Manager Sandy Alderson. According to WFAN, the Mets, and Alderson came to this agreement on Wednesday night. He has been with the Mets since 2010 when he took over for Omar Minya. Since then the Mets have appeared in the 2015 World Series and the National League Wild Card game in 2016. In the Alderson era, the Mets have had six losing seasons. It also seems that he won’t splurge on free agents.
Yes, they did spend a lot to resign Cespedes, but that is it. After the Yankees traded for Stanton this offseason, New York Mets fans were looking to see when they were going to make a move. The frustration grew after Evan Longoria was dealt to the Giants. I am not saying that the Mets were going for Stanton, but there was nothing wrong with going after Longoria. As it has happened before with the Mets, they will end up going for some aging player that has nothing left in the tank.
The problem that Alderson brings to the table is that he is still in the Moneyball mindset. When the Oakland A’s were a force in the American League, they were doing Moneyball. It would mean that they would not spend a lot on guys and sign players to contracts that were cheap. In Oakland that worked for the time period, it is not working in New York. You can’t run the Mets like they are in a small market. In case Alderson hasn’t realized, New York is one of the biggest markets in the United States and the world. You tend to have all eyes on your team.
I truly hope that this isn’t a long-term deal and that Alderson won’t be back when its up. When the Mets fired Terry Collins and got rid of the majority of the coaches, Alderson should have been one of them. I will never understand this concept of only doing a quarter clean house. As long as Alderson is the general manager, I have no hope for this team.
What makes this sad is that they were in the World Series in 2015. I would be shocked to see them back anytime soon.Follow @jon_blayne