Sandy Alderson has done almost everything possible to turn around the direction of the Mets organization. The biggest change may actually be in the small moves he has made. Alderson has completely changed the way the Mets and the fans approach trade deadline deals and minor free agent signings, and he has given new meaning to “Player To Be Named Later.”
The first big move Sandy Alderson made for the Mets was when he traded Carlos Beltran to the Giants in 2011. For half a season of Beltran the Mets received Zack Wheeler, a future frontline starting pitcher. It was the first glimpse of Alderson’s finesse of the trade market.
Alderson once again showed his prowess of midseason trades this season when he traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates. The first player named in the trade was Dilson Herrera, a participant in the 2013 Futures Game and top second base prospect. The deal also included a PTBNL, who was ultimately named as Vic Black, the Pirates AAA closer and another solid prospect.
While Alderson has not yet made any big free agent signings, the success of Scott Hairston, Marlon Byrd, David Aardsma, Scott Atchison, and even John Buck has shown his ability to add the necessary role players.
The Mets still have not seen what Alderson can do with a larger budget and free reign of player moves. He clearly knows how to maneuver through the trade market and get the best deal. Once he has the money the Marlon Byrd signing could be a Jacoby Ellsbury signing.
Mets fans may not realize just how spoiled they have been by Sandy Alderson. The losing seasons are tough to take but for the first time it actually looks like this club has a direction. They are not throwing money around and making trades for the sake of trades. Every move has been thought out and important for the future of the team. The Mets tried to go for quick fixes with Omar Minaya and it brought a quick rise but also quick decline.
So the next time Sandy Alderson makes a trade or signs a player that is not going to help the team tomorrow or the next day think about when it will help the team. And if Sandy is gone when the Mets finally start winning remember he is the one who finally got this organization back on track. Remember Sandy is the reason PTBNL are expected to be more than a name picked out of a hat and veteran role players are supposed to bring those young players to the organization.
The Mets and their fans have been downright spoiled by Sandy Alderson.