Two! More! Years!
According to a new report from the Daily News this morning, the Mets plan to offer GM Sandy Alderson a contract extension. As we’ve mentioned before, the Sandman has a busy offseason ahead (yes, I’m still trying to make that nickname catch on).
"“It’s been a disappointing season, I think we have more in us. I personally take a lot of responsibility for unmet expectations. I am happy to have the opportunity to try to correct that.”"
Though I don’t blame Alderson for all the Mets woes this past season, it is nice to see someone trying to take responsibility for this team. He sticks up for his managers and his players. If there was anyone that could help right the Mets ship these next two years, Alderson would be the guy to do it.
The Mets are at an interesting point in their franchise history. This two-year window for Alderson is also the two-year window for this team. It’s when they’ll still have most of their pitching staff, and when their young players like Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario, will hopefully start to hit their stride. That’s not to say there’s no room to continue their success in 2020 and beyond, but a lot of that will rely on the moves that Sandy makes within these next two seasons.
Towards the end of this season, he’s already tried to bolster the bullpen. Sandy picked up AJ Ramos from the Marlins as the Mets new closer. He traded for young arms like Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan. The Mets farm system still needs an overhaul. And of course, the number one priority, Alderson needs to make sure he can keep his players healthy and on the field for most of the year.
So congrats Sandy! I look forward to what you’ll be able to do with this team these next two years. And like any good Mets fan, be there to scold you if things should fall apart.