New York Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson's contract is up after this season, a fact that has drawn little attention from the media to this point. Alderson has an option for 2015, but earlier this season there was speculation Alderson may simply walk away after this season is over. That no longer appears to be the case. Alderson and the Mets are likely to agree to a contract extension within the next few weeks, David Lennon of Newsday reports.
Alderson refused to comment about his contract status in Lennon's report, but Lennon had the sense that Alderson wants to stay with the Mets until he transforms them into a consistent contender. Ownership has always been fond of Alderson's approach, and it appears that he will have the job for as long as he wants it. While it was popular to criticize Alderson's approach earlier in the season, the young talent coming up from the minor leagues has given him a much more favorable view among fans and reporters now.
Alderson has put the Mets on the brink of becoming contenders again, and the return of Matt Harvey in 2015 will raise the stakes even higher. The Mets have a deep stable of starting pitchers and a much improved bullpen already. The lineup also looks deeper than it did at the beginning of the season, with Lucas Duda hitting enough to earn the first base job and youngsters Juan Lagares and Travis d'Arnaud hitting enough to justify their jobs. Assuming Daniel Murphy stays and David Wright bounces back next season, the Mets are realistically two hitters (left field and shortstop) away from being contenders.
While it is good for the Mets that Alderson is likely to stay the course, it makes this winter a very important one. There was discussion about whether the Mets needed to make a deal for a big bat last winter, and Alderson felt that the time wasn't right yet. With Harvey poised to rejoin the team and a young group beginning to gel now, Alderson will face intense scrutiny if he doesn't bring a group capable of contending into spring training. The Mets will be linked to players like Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, and Carlos Gonzalez (among others) in the offseason, and landing a hitter of that caliber could be the final piece to help the Mets get back to being legitimate contenders.
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