Brandon Nimmo is having an All-Star caliber season for the New York Mets in 2018. In doing so, general manager Sandy Alderson gets a slightly longer leash.
Sandy Alderson. Sandy Alderson. Sandy Alderson. What are the New York Mets going to do with you?
The team is trending in the wrong direction for two straight seasons. Several bad moves in this most recent offseason have put your job in jeopardy. If not for Brandon Nimmo‘s superhero performance in 2018, your seat might feel a little hotter right now.
Alderson has done a poor job at assembling a winning team. The 2015 squad wasn’t built by players he chose. Many were homegrown with a few others sprinkled in. With a few exceptions, Alderson has been an underwhelming general manager. Specifically, it’s the draft where Alderson has been at his weakest.
The Mets have missed on several first-round draft picks during his tenure. It looked like Michael Conforto had star potential last season, but a regression in 2018 has made a doubter out of many.
Nimmo is a different story. The 2011 first-round pick taken 13th overall took a while to develop into a big league player. Now finally in the big leagues with a role in the everyday lineup, he’s contributing more than anyone could have imagined.
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In doing so, the young lefty outfielder could save Alderson his job.
Use whatever cliche you want. Alderson’s time as the Mets general manager is coming to a close. His contract, which runs through the end of 2019, could mean he joins the unemployment ranks soon. If Nimmo becomes a star over the next few months, there’s a chance Alderson gets one more shot at winning next year.
Those who want to see Alderson fired yet love Nimmo shouldn’t hold anything against the fun-loving, uber positive Wyoming-born outfielder. He’s a breath of mountain fresh air on a team surrounded by so much negativity.
Nimmo may save Alderson’s job for now. Is that so bad if he does?
For all of the misses, Alderson had in the recent drafts, selecting Nimmo looks like the right one. He’s a core guy who could change the dynamic of this franchise.
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Alderson doesn’t have much of a legacy in New York. Should Nimmo continues to produce, the meter could tick closer to the positive side. I’m doubtful it ever goes too far in that direction. His many misses will make sure of that.