Yesterday afternoon, New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon told Dan Martin of the New York Post that general manager Sandy Alderson’s hands will not be tied when it comes to adding players. According to Martin, Wilpon had the following to say:
He’ll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in,” team COO Jeff Wilpon said yesterday, without giving the GM carte blanche. “The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we’ll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We’ll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis.”
Hmm, I feel like I’ve heard this before, and that’s probably because I have, many times before, while Omar Minaya was acting GM. Only this time something feels a bit different. This time — to me at least — the difference is, I trust the man in charge of making the decisions. No, not Wilpon, Sandy. I trust (perhaps foolishly so) that Alderson will make a sound decision based on what is best for the team at the trading deadline, and while I hope the Mets are buyers, I would not be upset if the new GM decided to go in another direction.
I agree with Joe D, who stated the following in a post to Mets Merized Online earlier today:
I think what we’re seeing this season, is just a new shift in the philosophy of running the Mets with regard to spending and budgeting.
Alderson is so inherently different than any of the other Mets GM before him, that it will take some getting used to.”
I have always stated that it’s not how much you spend it how you spend it. Look no further than our last GM, who faltered with a $140 million payroll. I ask this question to all of the Mets fans I chat with on a daily basis, do you really care how much the Mets spend, or do you care that Mets win? Whether the payroll is $140 million, $100 million, or $60 million, the bottom line when it comes to this franchise should be WINNING, just ask Charlie Sheen. O.K., maybe there needs to be some sort of shred of self respect as well, but after that, WINNING!
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