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So two seasons is all the time one needs to rebuild a farm system and have it bear fruit at the major leagues all while having an owner that isn't spending money? Is the writer delusional? Why are writers writing about anyone other than the owners when writing about the Mets. Everything else is just meaningless.
It's been pretty obvious that the plan has been to wait for the Bay and Santana contracts to be over before really trying to add to the team through free agency.
And when the guy holding the purse strings refuses to open the purse why would you blame the GM for failing to do anything? The directive from the top has been to cut all costs now and that is what Sandy is doing.
I hope that's the plan, but right now all that's obvious is that the plan has been to spend as little money as possible without blowing up the team Astros-style and torpedoing the luxury box sales. We don't know what next year's payroll will be.
Isn't the conspiracy theory that Alderson is Selig's man sent to watch over the team, and thus it's presumably not up to Wilpon to fire him? (Unless Selig believes that Wilpon has righted the financial ship, but Selig is not stupid.)
Regardless of whether that's the case, my worry is that if you bring in another GM, it will be back to the bad old days when players, assistant GMs, etc. routinely went over the GM's head and the hierarchy collapsed. Alderson does put a clamp on that just by virtue of being Sandy Alderson, highly respected figure in the business of baseball. A whiz-kid youngster replacement better be brilliant (and as mentioned, "brilliant" means "can figure out a way to beat the Nationals on a really tight payroll"), because otherwise it could be a return to organizational chaos, which is really worse than merely having a bad team.
What I don't get is how the former GMs they recruited to the front office can be content with their jobs there now. Solitaire isn't that fun.
To some degree didn't both DePo and Ricciardi have to repair their reputations? I don't recall any demand for either as GMs. They both probably found jobs that represented the best career paths open to them at that point.
PF--how was it when Ricciardi left the Jays, and DePo left LA? My recollection is that both were under clouds, and were not getting offers from teams, but that may be faulty.
These guys are making decent money, they live in NYC, they have a great boss, there is no pressure because the team sucks. I'm sure both yearn to run their own teams again, but otherwise I think they must be sitting pretty.
Whose idea was it to trade Angel Pagan for Andres Torres?
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