Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is likely to return in 2018. Is this the right move for the organization?
It was reported yesterday that all signs are pointing to Mets GM Sandy Alderson returning for 2018.
Alderson is currently in the last year of a three-year extension he signed with the organization in 2014 and it does not appear he is going to let the difficult 2017 season affect him coming back.
According to the report, team ownership is unlikely to make Alderson the scapegoat for this season and people who work with him would be surprised if he retired. It is also good to note within the report that his health issues have not slowed him down.
This news hopefully makes Mets fans happy. Alderson has done a good job overall guiding the ship since taking over after the 2010 season, culminating in a trip to the World Series in 2015. The 2017 season has clearly not gone as planned, however — one in which he was forced to sell off some pieces due to the team’s poor play.
With all this said, it’s pretty clear that there will be changes, possibly some significant ones, coming to the team next season.
The first area Alderson will have to deal with if he returns is what to do at manager. Terry Collins has indicated before that this season may be his last, so the general manager may be tasked with finding a new manager or ultimately deciding Collins’ fate.
Other challenges Alderson will face are improving the bullpen, improving the team defense, and deciding whether or not to offer outfielder Jay Bruce a qualifying offer should they not deal him this month.
The New York market is not an easy one to work in. Media, fans, and owners can all be difficult to deal with, but Alderson has shown he will not let anything derail his overall plan.
Alderson’s steadying presence may go underappreciated at times, but is a large part of why he should still be making the decisions. The team believes that this season is just a speed bump on the way to bigger things and Alderson is still the guy to guide us there.