Mets make Sandy Alderson’s new contract official

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson attends batting practice prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on April 21, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson attends batting practice prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on April 21, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) /
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Terms of the general manager’s new deal were undisclosed.

The Mets made an important signing official on Tuesday. No, unfortunately, it wasn’t a player, but it was for the guy that’s in charge of signing players. The team tweeted out that they had extended general manager Sandy Alderson with a new deal.

Technically, this isn’t an extension as Alderson’s previously deal had expired and a new one had to be signed, but who cares, really? Unknown to the public is how long this contract is for and how much the general manager is getting paid because the Mets and Alderson have preferred it that way.

Alderson has been with the Mets for over seven years now. He signed his previous deal back in October of 2010. Since joining the club, the Mets have made the playoffs twice including the National League pennant-winning run in 2015.

For the most part, Alderson has been seen as a strong GM that has had to deal with the misfortune and mismanagement of the Wilpon’s wealth these last few years. He’ll deservedly get credit for pulling of not one, not two, but three deals for Yoenis Cespedes, and also finding diamonds in the rough like Addison Reed.

Unfortunately the positive vibes have completely eroded this offseason as many fans and spectators around the country are shifting the blame for the team’s lack of action to Alderson. The GM has laughed off criticism and even shot back at people focusing on payroll.

It’ll be interesting to see (if we ever find out), exactly how much faith was put in him by the Wilpons this offseason. If this is a one-year deal, then Alderson may be pushed to deliver a winning solution sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, based on his lack of action this winter, my gut tells me that Alderson knows he’s secure at his job for the next few years at least.

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In Alderson, the Wilpons have someone that they know won’t overspend and that is obviously willing to put up with owners that pinch pennies as much as they can. Maybe it’s a source of pride for Alderson to be able to put together a competitive roster with meager payroll, but for those of us watching, it comes off as stubborn and idiotic.