Mar 20, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson answers questions for a reporter before the spring training action against the Atlanta Braves at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Extension for Sandy Alderson could happen soon

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an option for 2015, but Dave Lennon in Newsday writes that a longer-term extension for him is expected to be announced soon:

…the impression here is that it should be only a matter of weeks before some kind of extension is announced. Alderson’s original four-year contract expires in October. But he has an option for 2015, and we’ve always believed the only way he is ever stripped of the GM title is if Alderson chooses to leave Flushing on his own.

Alderson told Lennon that he has no intention of leaving of his own volition – that he wants to finish what he started with the Mets.

There were some thoughts that Alderson would leave after 2014 to become Bud Selig’s replacement as commissioner, but that clearly won’t be happening.

Instead, it appears that Alderson, 66, will be with the Mets for the long haul.

Thoughts:

Sandy Alderson has been a polarizing figure, due in part to the fact that his lawyerly answers often turn off a certain portion of the fan base that is hungry for action even if that action isn’t in the best long-term interest of the club.

Alderson has also been the target of misguided attacks from those who think it’s he – and not ownership – who is keeping the payroll down.

When you take a step back and look at Alderson’s tenure, though, it becomes clear that he’s done a fine job since taking over.

Alderson has swung trades that have imported Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Vic Black, Dilson Herrera, and others.

The drafts he has overseen (with Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto and others selected) are starting to bear fruit, with the Mets viewed inside the industry as having one of the best farm systems in baseball.

Like every general manager, Alderson has been hit and miss with his major league free agent acquisitions, but he also hasn’t signed any players who have the potential to cripple the payroll going forward.

Alderson hasn’t yet done what many are waiting for – use his creativity and smarts to add an impact major-league-ready piece to the roster.

However, it’s likely that Alderson has been waiting for this point, when the Mets finally appear ready to turn the corner to contention, to swing a trade or trades that import immediate impact talent.

This winter will be a huge one for Alderson and the Mets, and he’s earned the right to oversee it.

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