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Mets to pick up Sandy Alderson’s option, extend him through 2017

By Danny Abriano
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UPDATE, 3:51 PM:

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Sandy Alderson’s extension will run through 2017. It will encompass his option year and two additional years.

Mike Puma of the New York Post is reporting that the deal will also include a club option for 2018.


As has been expected, the Mets will be picking up general manager Sandy Alderson’s club option for 2015. Additionally, the two sides are working on an extension that would keep Alderson at the helm beyond 2015.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, citing sources, says Alderson’s extension is expected to be for about three years.

It was recently reported that decisions on both Alderson and manager Terry Collins would be announced near the end of the season, making Monday’s news less than surprising.

Alderson, 66, took over as general manager of the Mets prior to the 2011 season.

Thoughts:

Mets fans appear to mostly be in favor of Sandy Alderson returning and receiving a potential extension, but there still remains a loud minority who believe Alderson has done a poor job.

Alderson – like every general manager – has not been perfect. However, the main issue with the Mets lately has been their reluctance to expand payroll beyond $85 million, which has hamstrung Alderson and his lieutenants.

As far as drafting and trades go, Alderson has done a fantastic job, which is what matters the most when a team is in rebuilding mode.

Among others, Alderson has traded for Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Dilson Herrera, and Vic Black – five players who are expected to be enormous pieces for the Mets for years to come.

Alderson-led drafts have netted top-100 level prospects Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, and Kevin Plawecki.

Alderson’s record in free agency has been less than stellar, but it’s important to realize that Curtis Granderson, one of his misses (at least in year one of his deal), was a move that was reportedly forced by ownership.

Overall, Alderson has overseen an overhaul of a farm system that is now ranked among the top five in baseball, imported loads of young talent via trade, and has been a steady, calming influence in an often tumultuous climate.

The time has now come for Alderson to get creative while turning the 2015 Mets into a legitimate contender. He’s certainly earned the right to do so.

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