Tonight (January 25th) is the annual BBWAA dinner. According to Mike Puma of The New York Post, Sandy Alderson had the following to say about the recent agreement between the Yankees and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
"Tanaka is Japanese for Scherzer is about to hit the friggin’ jackpot."
Alderson’s reference is to the upcoming free agency of Tigers’ ace Max Scherzer, who went 21-3 in 2013, with a 2.90 ERA, and an incredible WHIP of .970. Alderson is probably right. Tanaka’s deal is for $155 million over 7 years, and Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues. Scherzer, if Tanaka’s deal is the benchmark, should be in line for a very healthy contract after next season.
Oct 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians in the American League wild card playoff game at Progressive Field. Tampa Bay won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Alderson combines baseball savvy and a sharp wit, which allows him to present well to the media and fans. In his time as Mets’ GM, Alderson has taken to Twitter, and joked about having to drive to Port Saint Lucie to save money. He has also made some shrewd baseball moves, most notably trading free-agent-to-be Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler. Alderson also picked up Eric Young, Jr. for Collin McHugh. Young served as lead-off hitter and team spark plug, from his first game in a Mets’ uniform on June 19th of last season.
Yesterday, Alderson said that all remaining free agents are on the Mets’ radar. The Mets clearly have holes to fill, and would benefit from help in the bullpen and at shortstop. Fernando Rodney and Stephen Drew are on the list of remaining free agents, along with Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo, A.J. Burnett, Kendrys Morales, and Nelson Cruz. The question for Alderson is which (if any) of these players will make their way from the radar to Port Saint Lucie. As fans, we appreciate Alderson’s intellectual humor and attempts to connect with us. However, while we enjoy his levity, we are hopeful that he still has some baseball moves up his sleeve.