The 2013 season is Sandy Alderson’s final Mulligan.
This is the last year the Mets general manager gets to explain away a worsening major league product in the name of cleansing the old, building the new and waiting for money to drop from heaven — or at least from a Wilpon.
...Indeed, Alderson has followed the right course in trying to find cornerstones while shunning the patchwork route that undermined Minaya: Attempting to plug one roster flaw while holes arose everywhere.
It is possible an ownership fearful of further disenchanting the fans prevented Alderson from trading Jose Reyes and David Wright, too, to deepen the pool of young, high-end, inexpensive options. But when Alderson was hired he was viewed as having the tools — gravitas, maturity, fortitude — to successfully navigate ownership issues.
The other element expected with Alderson was ingenuity — that he was one of the smart guys in the room. He was a pioneer in bringing Moneyball philosophies to the majors while with the A’s. Thus, the belief was that while restocking the system, Alderson’s creativity would find pieces at the margins to a) help short-term competitiveness, and b) be part of a brighter future.
...Yet, though not responsible for all the heartache, Alderson cannot expect unlimited
tether to get this right. This feels like the last year his administration will be given a major league pass to expunge the bad, continue to sow the good.
Posted: March 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM | 23 comment(s)
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