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Sandy Alderson Newsbeat

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ranking baseball’s top 10 GMs — yes, Cashman makes the list

Ruben Amaro is not eligible for this list, since he was fired.

5. Brian Cashman

Ah, yes. Mr. Cashman. The mere refusal to advocate for his immediate firing draws venom from many fan corners. The Yankees haven’t won a playoff game since 2012, for crying out loud!
Look at the other names on this list. Only Mozeliak can relate to Cashman on one very important career track: In 18 years on the job, not once has Cashman made a “sell” trade, nor has he picked in the top half of the draft. Every other man ranked here has benefited greatly from playing the long game. Never has Cashman enjoyed an opportunity to do that. The decision to go crazy two winters ago, bringing aboard Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka — as opposed to ramping it down upon the retirement of the Core Four — was driven by ownership, and it also reinforces the considerable financial room for error that Cashman possesses.

What Cashman re-established last winter, though, is he has a pretty good feel for what he’s doing as he tries to balance the Yankees’ short-term and long-term ambitions. The acquisitions of Nathan Eovaldi and Didi Gregorius both look strong, as does the call to let David Robertson go to the White Sox, get the compensation draft pick and sign Andrew Miller for less money; the Yankees now have 15 postseason appearances in Cashman’s reign. And the farm system is producing again after its notable drought. The Yankees probably will never replicate their 1996-2000 postseason success; the Core Four will go down as the best quartet to debut in the same season in the history of professional sports, and the other teams have gotten smarter and richer. Yet Cashman has the Yankees on a track to be back in the mix every season.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Mets GM to miss meetings because of ‘medical procedure’ - NY Daily News

Baseball’s general managers meetings kick off Monday in Boca Raton, but Sandy Alderson won’t be in attendance.

Assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that Alderson remained back in New York to undergo a medical procedure, though he wouldn’t say whether it was related to last week’s incident in which Alderson passed out during a press conference.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying these deals don’t particularly help you. I got that.

“But part of what we are doing here, like any business, you have a product and a brand, and your brand is something that is partially a function of what your product line is and what you offer in the marketplace and part of it is this other equity — what people think. And what people think is a function of what your product line was five years ago and three years ago and now. The Mets as a brand took a hit. Part of our effort was not just to improve the product, like General Motors would improve the product from year to year, but to somehow restore confidence in the brand also.”



bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NY Times: For the Mets, Pennies Saved Add Up to a Pennant Earned

[ Alderson’s ] opening day payroll for 2011 included $18.25 million for players released in spring training (Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez), $22.5 million for an injured pitching star (Johan Santana), and almost $40 million for two veteran outfielders — one a severe disappointment (Jason Bay), and the other, Carlos Beltran, a player who would be traded that summer.


All around, there is evidence of extravagant spending working poorly for the Mets’ rivals. Six of the teams among the top 10 in opening day payroll (Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia) did not reach the postseason. The Yankees were ousted in one game.


bobm Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Friday, September 04, 2015

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for the sake of his future health. Alderson would obviously like to have one of his best pitchers available for what could be a deep Mets playoff run. Harvey has so far pitched 166 innings this year. You can see the problem.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Zack Wheeler: Why I made the call to Sandy Alderson asking to stay a Met | Newsday

Sandy Alderson has a beating heart.

Yet Alderson admitted the conversation “actually had quite an impact.” In all of his years in baseball, the general manager said he had never seen a player in Wheeler’s position take the unusual step of calling.

“Again, if you go back to Wednesday and even this conversation, we’re talking about human beings,” Alderson said. “We all develop an attachment to each other and whatever capacity we serve, so it’s hard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 08:33 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, zack wheeler

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Justin Turner cites philosophical differences for Mets departure

Former Mets utilityman and current Dodgers star Justin Turner cited philosophical differences as a reason why he and the Mets’ front office did not always get along. Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-2013, says that his approach at the plate clashed with the organizational philosophy promoted by General Manager Sandy Alderson.

“[Alderson] is a ‘Moneyball’ guy,” Turner said to ESPN Los Angeles. “I don’t know if ‘Looking to walk’ is the right way of saying it, but he talks about on-base percentage. I’m never looking to walk. Sometimes when you miss pitches you should hit, you end up walking. I wasn’t worried about on-base percentage or anything like that. I was just trying to have good at-bats.”

The 30-year-old third baseman was non-tendered by the Mets in December 2013 after the team’s front office reportedly felt that Turner had not hustled during his tenure with the team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 11:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner, mets, moneyball, sandy alderson

Saturday, June 27, 2015

GM: Mets willing to ‘overpay’ for hitter, but nothing available - Mets Blog - ESPN

General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.

“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.

“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise do,” the GM added. “But there still has to be something out there that’s attractive that you really believe is going to help your team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson



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