Most posters think the primary purpose of "the plan" is to build a winner. It's not.
THe primary purpose is to conserve $$$$, winning is secondary. It is still possible, but it is secondary. With other teams it is the other way around. For some teams (not many) the $$$$ aspect has little relevance.
The Mets' master plan plan is from the Wilnotpons, not necessarily from Alderson alone.
I'm starting to think that baseball is moving in a new direction regarding salaries. Lock up one or two young stars for 4-6 years for a reasonable salary, and then plug in low cost high return players elsewhere. When guys reach their late 20s early 30s and look for the mega deal, cut them loose for prospects and start over. Three or four teams will shell out the big bucks and have good teams, everyone else is in a constant changing mode.
With the second wildcard, you don't have to shoot for first place anymore, or even second. You need to shoot for for 85 - 87 wins. You can do that with with a good (not great) team with good depth and a little luck.
When you think it through, the second wild card may actually work to keep salaries down.