There are more than a few New York Mets fans that have had enough of Sandy Alderson. The venom that was once spewed upon ownership has taken an abrupt turn, much like the magic loogie in Seinfeld, with the new target being the Mets General Manager. It is kind of hard to argue with the deals (steals) Alderson has made, bringing in Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, and Noah Syndergard. Few fans can complain with the production the team got out of free agents like Marlon Byrd and Bartolo Colon. Curtis Granderson‘s Mets report card has yet to be finalized and newly acquired Michael Cuddeyer has yet to enroll in classes. So why all the hate for Sandy A?
The answer lays more in the moves Alderson has failed to make than the ones he has and his somewhat flippant attitude when speaking about the Mets lack of spending grinds the teeth of even the most patient supporters. For some fans there’s no forgiving the fact that the Mets GM did not sign Nelson Cruz last year. Don’t try telling them that the deal he signed with Baltimore was not what was offered to New York, because they’re not listening. Then there was Stephen Drew, who went unsigned for half a season despite the Mets flashing a glaring hole at the shortstop position. Don’t point out the Drew had a miserable year for the Yankees, who were able to then sign him for pennies on the dollar this offseason, because nobody is listening.
Truth be told Alderson is kind of irritating. Forget kind of, he’s straight up annoying. That being said, he inherited a mess of a team and nobody can say for sure that HE is the one limiting the team’s spending, or lack thereof. He’s proven he will not give into market driven bidding wars and overpay for players, that much is clear. He’s proven that player popularity is not a driving force when deciding to break the bank and retain a star player such as Jose Reyes. That approach will be on full display this offseason when the Mets likely let Daniel Murphy walk as a free agent. Sandy has also stayed away from the big competition surrounding international free agents, despite highly regarded middle infielders becoming available from all around the globe this offseason.
In short, Alderson has shown that he has a plan, a formula if you will, and he will not stray from it. He’s going to do this his way. He sees it getting better and 2015 is his chance to point a finger back at all those who had one pointed at him (or maybe pointed up in his direction) and say that he was right. The Mets believe they are built to win this year. This sentiment was echoed throughout player interviews this offseason and will continue well into Spring. It’s been received with a resounding ‘pffft’ by most of the fan base, but I’m buying into the swamp land Alderson is selling. Call me an optimist, call me stupid, but there’s something to be said about a group that has come up together these past years and shared in the struggles and in the progress. They believe in each other and oddly enough, they seem to believe in their GM. If the players are right about this year……..if Sandy is right about this year……well then that’s what will make things right with Mets fans.