Well Sandy hasn't done a lot yet, but he has also only been here two years. Two years and two months, to be exact. We don't know yet what hidden gems he might uncover for 2013.
I do think it's a bit of a disappointment that he hasn't found one or two more so far. And a lot of attempts at that seem to have failed (Emaus, Hu, Beato, Torres & Ramirez, Byrdak, Carrasco). I guess the silver lining is it's doubtful one or two such players would have really made much difference in 2011-2012 anyway.
As the young talent starts to develop though, it's going to be much more critical that he get more of those moves right. The one thing he's done well so far is to not make any major mistakes that would handicap the team going forward. But with a group of young players now ready to contribute, it's now going to be more critical that he is able to add productive outside talent to fill in the gaps.
Still, I think the number of guys on the roster who were here prior to Sandy is more of a positive than a negative. It shows he's not knee-jerk cleaning house, and that he's giving young players a chance. I like his patience in letting our young players develop. I like that he doesn't care if some were guys brought in by Omar. I like that he doesn't make moves just for the sake of making moves. I like that he understands that players younger than 27 tend to get better, and players older than 30 tend to get worse.
I dont understand the blame Sandy gets on here. You think he likes being a broke GM with no money to play with?
Why is it unfair? it just means he can spot talent. Something SA has completely failed to do.
The Alderson guy has completely entranced you all it seems to me, criticisms that were aimed at Omar, now can't be aimed at SA, Omar finds CY Young winners and can't be credited for it, because it makes SA looks bad.
He's turned older expensive proven blue chippers into younger cheaper unproven clue chippers.
That's it. In 3 years.
A monkey can cut payroll, and BS the fan base about not punting every year whilst doing nothing to improve the team. Alderson is a PR man, anyone can see that, that's why he needs 3 GM's in the background, and he STILL can't come up with anything.
His FA signings have been lousy, his trades for current players have been terrible as well. People have said that Omar had money to spend on people like Beltran, but SA doesn't like those deals so who would he have signed anyway?
He did sign DW, but he's completely different kettle of fish to a FA. This is the teams best ever player.
The prospects he has got us, are as a direct result of the actions of Omar Minaya, he signed Beltran, and more crucially and tellingly, he found RA Dickey -future CY award winner, in the trash.
My feeling is that Sandy probably has a few deals in place and is just waiting to strike when the moment is right. It could be we are just waiting for a few free agents to move off the board and then BAM! I wouldn't be surprised if a multi-player deal is in place that might change the look of the 9 men on the field.
Let's go, Mets, in 2013 and beyond! YOU REALLY, TRULY, GOTTA BELIEVE!
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