The Mets will soon announce a new three-year deal for Sandy Alderson that is expected to cover 2015-2017 and have an option for 2018, according to multiple reports on Monday.
Alderson was hired by the Mets and officially introduced as as GM on October 29, 2010, signing a four-year deal with a club option for 2015.
Sources and updates from this story...
Sept. 22, 3:45 pm: Alderson’s new deal will contain an option for 2018 (Puma, Sept. 22).
Sept. 22, 3:33 pm: Alderson will get a new three-year deal covering 2015 through 2017, (Heyman, Sept. 22)
Sept. 22, 2:53 pm: The deal is expected to be announced at the end of the regular season (Rubin, Sept. 22).
Sept. 22, 2:36 pm: Alderson’s extension will likely be for three years, with some details still being worked out (Martino, Sept. 22).
Sept. 22, 2:25 pm: The Mets will pick up Alderson’s 2015 option, and they’re making progress toward a contract extension, according to sources (Rosenthal, Sept. 22).
Sept. 16, 2:18 pm: The Mets and Alderson will soon announce a contract extension beyond his 2015 option Daily News, Sept. 15).
Similarly, while there was once uncertainty surrounding whether Terry Collins would return (Daily News, September 4), Jon Heyman has reported twice – and as recently as this past weekend – that Collins will be back in 2015 (CBS Sports, Aug. 2014).
Aug. 7, 10:25 am: The Mets and Alderson appear weeks away from announcing a contract extension beyond his 2015 option (Newsday, Aug. 7).
The Mets are considering replacing hitting coach Lamar Johnson with third-base coach and infield coach Tim Teufel, while also bringing back pitching coach Dan Warthen and bench coach Bob Geren, according to a major league source (Puma, Sept. 22).
Teufel was added to the team’s big-league coaching staff after the 2011 season, serving as the team’s third base and infield coach.
Johnson, who became the team’s hitting coach in May when Dave Hudgens was fired, could return to an organizational role.
Matthew Cerrone: So, the big question is: if Teufel replaces Johnson, and Geren stays on as bench coach, will Wally Backman become the new third-base coach?
The Mets are 3-0 since Wally Backman joined the team’s coaching staff, where he will remain through the end of this season.
The team is discussing whether to make Backman a full-time coach on the big-league staff in 2015 (Rubin, Sept. 18).
Backman, 55, managed Triple-A Las Vegas to a division title this season and was also named the league’s Manager of the Year.
Matthew Cerrone: I really, really hope Wally is added to the team’s big-league coaching staff next season. He’s earned it and he’d be an asset and ally to Terry Collins. Fact is, Backman knows Terry’s roster about as well as anyone, seeing as he coached most of these guys at various levels while managing in the minor leagues. I’ve yet to find a person who played for Backman who doesn’t at least respect him, let alone appreciate the honesty and advice he brings to the table. Further more, he and Collins have a very good relationship, dating back to when Terry was minor-league coordinator stationed out of St. Lucie, where Wally was the Single-A manager. Despite how it is often positioned, these two have a strong respect for one another and they communicate often, especially considering how many players are shuffled between Collins and Queens and Backman and Vegas.
Yes, there are concerns about how Wally will do handling media every day in New York, where there are more reactionary, real-time reporters than he dealt with in his playing days. That said, as a bench coach, he wouldn’t be charged with speaking to the media on record two or three times a day like his manager. Instead, his (on- and off-record) interactions will be limited, with formal conversations cleared in advance by the team.
In the end, it’ll be a good test run for Wally, all while serving in a role that has major value to this organization turning a corner and expecting these young players to elevate their mindset and goals on the field. He can help them. And, if Collins is let go (or chooses to retire at the end of his contract), Sandy Alderson (and Paul DePodesta) would have a good feel for what Wally is capable of in the big leagues and in this biggest city.
Sandy Alderson has been named to a committee to improve the pace of baseball games for the 2015 season and beyond.
“We have the greatest game in the world, but we are always looking for ways to improve it. The game is at its highest levels of popularity and we will continue to strive to identify ways that can build on its stature well into the future,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “With the cooperation of all appropriate parties, we can make progress on improving the pace of play, and we will have recommendations in the very near future for the 2015 season. I believe that this group has the experience and the perspective to be mindful of our game’s traditions while being creative about our approach in the future.”
The committee will be chaired by Braves President John Schuerholz and will also include MLB Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, MLB VP of Operations Joe Torre, MLBA Director Tony Clark and others.
Reds OF Billy Hamilton (3.3) and Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (3.1) lead all National League rookies in WAR, according to FanGraphs.com.
Matthew Cerrone: It looks to me like writers may still be split on who to choose for Rookie of the Year, based on a quick look through Twitter, articles and reporter’s blog posts. It seems they’re most enamored with Hamilton’s stolen bases, extra-base hits and defense, and they seem to penalize deGrom for debuting in May (not the start of the year), while also spending time on the disabled list.
Right now, I’d bet on deGrom edging out Hamilton in a tight race, with Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong getting votes as well.
The thing is, the Mets are not yet sure if deGrom will get another start this season, Terry Collins told reporters after the game >> Read more.
I wonder how that will impact votes during the last week or the season? In listening to what the team is saying, and seeing what people are writing, my feeling is they’ll give his last start to Rafael Montero and let voters only mull over the incredible 140 innings that deGrom pitched this season.
The fact is, deGrom’s velocity is down a bit on average lately and he’s looked a little sloppy, fatigued and sluggish toward the end of each of his last few starts, especially his lower half. The good news is that, even when he’s looking tired, he’s been able to battle through it. However, as we know, this is exactly when injuries are more likely to occur.
So, should he start again? Is it better to run him out there get another start, keep proving his case and let him end his year in full? Or, is it better to just call it a season and get out while he’s ahead? 10 wins would be nice, but what else more can he accomplish that is within his control?
If it were my call, I’d also end his season and give the start to Montero. If deGrom wins the Rookie of the Year, great. If not, at the very least, he heads in to Spring Training healthy, confident and locked in to this team’s 2015 rotation.