Sandy Alderson

Is Sandy Alderson the best GM in baseball?

In a series for New York magazine listing reasons why he loves New York, Will Leitch says Sandy Alderson is the best GM in baseball.

“Almost every move Alderson has made since taking over in 2010 has been golden,” says Leitch, who is a very public and passionate Cardinals fan. “The Mets are still a mess, but Alderson is the last person to blame for that. And don’t look now, but he may even have brought them to the verge of being good.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This opinion carries additional weight with me because Leitch is a Cardinals fan, and the Cardinals are widely considered to be the best franchise in sports, let alone just baseball… yet, Will thinks Alderson is the best GM in baseball.

I think Alderson is doing a good job, but even I wouldn’t go that far. To attain that status, his team should at least produce more wins some season than it did the year before? So far, he hasn’t done that. His ability to turn two aging veterans with expiring contracts in to three top prospects who will clearly impact the franchise’s future is incredible. He did a terrific job with the David Wright deal. He did a good job — and admittedly got a bit lucky — with Marlon Byrd, but he has also stumbled on other free-agent flyers.

In total, the jury is still very much out on Alderson’s time with the Mets. He’s improved the foundation and long-term potential of this organization, which I think his first challenge from ownership. Now, he’s being charged with building a winning team that can sustain success and improve it’s position year after year. It’s all taking longer than even he might admit, which is why I can’t view him as the top executive in his field. I hope I feel differently one year from now.




328 comments
EdgeDaDon718
EdgeDaDon718

@Hey_its_Don Payroll article ... this y that site is a joke its always ROSES no Bias opinions and when u do have a opinion it gets deleted

Sammy Makki
Sammy Makki

Is this a serious discussion? This makes me completely sick. Alderson has been the worst GM in baseball and should be fired. This team is going to lose close to 90 games again and this is his fourth year here. What's changed? The team has the worst roster in baseball and can't compete with anyone. They can't even win games in their own home which is embarrassing and when they have a player who's had a good four months, Alderson trades him away for prospects who hardly ever pan out. This offseason he has signed an older, injury-prone outfielder who is past his prime at age 33 and will strikeout 150 times while batting .240. He's signed a pitcher who regardless of winning 18 games in the AL is old and fat to a TWO YEAR CONTRACT WITH HARVEY RETURNING IN 2015! He also signed some schmo in Chris Young. Are you kidding me? This team will never win anything under this leadership or ownership. It's quite embarrassing.

Richard J Brienza
Richard J Brienza

I'll give him credit,he can only do what he can with the Wilpsons 50 bucks payroll

sean
sean

Best GM in baseball may be taking it a bit far, but this to me is more evidence confirming what I've long suspected-- that we think this organization is way worse than other people do-- and by "other" I mean "rational".  At least I think that's true for parts of the organization.  From what I read elsewhere, Alderson is generally regarded well around baseball and seen as a capable respected GM.  Here, almost to a person, he's Alderspin (wow, that's clever!) the lazy liar.  Looking around at other sources, the word on Terry Collins is that he's a hard-working manaager who for the most part has the respect of his players and is lauded for doing the best he can with a thin roster.  On here he's Terry the Idiot, ruiner of pitchers who Jordanny Valdespin was right to throw a fit at.  Most of what I read and heard about the Curtis Granderson was that signing was a solid move by the Mets if a bit expensive but that's the market.  Here it's taken for granted that he'll strike out 250 times, hit .190 and not crack 10 homers.  The word elsewhere about Bartolo Colon was that it was a very smart signing that bolstered the Mets' rotation, adding 18 wins and a 2.65 ERA and veteran presence to the group.  Here up and down the line it's blah blah fat blah blah old blah blah stupid signing.  

Let me be clear: I am not saying Sandy Alderson is the best GM in baseball, I am not saying Terry Collins is a flawless manager, I am not saying the Granderson and Colon signings are guaranteed to work out.  I am not saying all of the above cannot be validly criticized.

Let me be clear again:  I am not saying the rest of baseball media is always right-- we're talking about an industry in which Bill Madden is seen as an oracle and in which Mitch Williams draws a paycheck at all so clearly they're wrong a lot.


But maybe, just maybe if other voices. a lot of other voice, belonging to people deserving of respect and trust for their acumen in judging baseball, voices with no vested interest in advocating for the Mets, tend to think that their GM is not a scoundrel, their manager is not an imbecile, and that the moves the team has made so far this off-season were not idiotic, and that it would not be accurate to view the Mets with the same loathing and nihilism that we do, maybe we should listen.  And maybe, and I know this crazy thing to suggest because to do so would mean admitting we were wrong and generally on metsblog that we'd rather be right than be happy, maybe reconsider our own points of view.

Rob Rader
Rob Rader

Ask me this question again in 3 years.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Now likely Murphy is staying that means both Ike and Duda should be moved in trades.  If Sandy master plan is getting EY Jr to second base which is fine and if Murphy stays somebody needs to sit. and i do not think Lagares should sit on a regular basis . So they may have to move Ike and Lucas in deals. and move Murphy to first base.

Truman Dunn
Truman Dunn

u guys r all acting like weve had a yankee type payroll for the 2 years hes been here. Ill agree hes not the best. But hes done a pretty dammm good job bringning in a boatload of prospects and then some pretty good major league talent this year. So when the mets r in the wild card race... Dnt come runing bak saying u called it

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

IS SANDY ALDERSON THE BEST GM IN BASEBALL????!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha... THATS A JOKE. We have the worst front office in baseball and one of the worst front offices in all of sports most likely. This is a joke. Spend money like an actual NY team and then we'll reasess this topic. Sandy is not the worst GM in MLB but hes no where close to the best.

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

HES TO KEEP THE WILPONS PAYROLL LOW HE IS A SELIG PUPPET ALDERSON ,,TRYING TO GIVE THEM THE BEST PRODUCT  USING MONEY BALL   ,,,,,BUT I LIKE SELLING THE TEAM BETTER

Jim Colucci
Jim Colucci

He is a joke. The owners are a joke. SELL THIS TEAM!

John Lowell
John Lowell

One of the worst. Granderson will hover around the mendoza line and colon will be unproductive, injured and out of shape. Great acquisitions so far. He probably couldnt give ike and duda away snd trDing murph would be getting rid of second best bat. Not at all impressed with him.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

His track record speaks for itself...he's the best!!!!! What a team we have!!!!

Nick Klimasewiski
Nick Klimasewiski

He is a horrible manager and whoever wrote this was not thinking strait.

mystere24
mystere24

The ledger is mixed for Alderson like with most GMs, but on balance, he has done well given that we haven't contended for the postseason yet under his regime.

THE GOOD: The Wheeler for Beltran, the Snydergaard and D'Arneud for Dickey and Thole, and the Eric Young Jr. for Colin McHugh trades, and the Byrd, Buck, Hawkins, Wright and Neise contract signings.

THE BAD: The Francisco, Lyon, And Marcum Free Agent Signings, the Torres and Ramirez for Pagan trade, and the Loss of Reyes for Nothing (what a missed opportunity that was)

TO BE DETERMINED: The Granderson, C. Young, and Colon Free Agent Signings and the Herrera and Black for Byrd and Buck trade

Jean_Valjean
Jean_Valjean

Ha ha ha. Clowns. Always sticking their big noses where they don't belong. Here's what Will Leitch knows about baseball in the cradle city of the game:

jasonbay
jasonbay

Reminds me of Stephen Colbert's line from a few years ago.


"George Bush - Great President, or Greatest President?  Next on the Colbert Report"  


Which was funny, because it was meant to be a joke.  This article is not joking, so it just makes me mad.   What a garbage premise, that Sandy's the best GM.  He hasn't done one innovative thing whatsoever, his track record at developing talent and drafting is shaky at best, and his "success" is shrewdly dealing our best players for top shelf prospects while the Wilpons cut salary.  Hardly deserving of any awards.

sell
sell

Cerrone, this article is not even worth taking seriously.  The article is nothing more than a pop-culture feature that's too lazy to actually provide any insight.  It's hardly worth making a post about it just to praise Sandy.


Alderson has made some great trades for solid prospects (Wheeler, D'A/Synd) and some pretty good free agent signings (Byrd, Grandy, Buck).  He's also made a poor trade for major league talent (Torres, Ramirez) and a few bad or questionable free agent signings (FF, etc).  It's still too early to say. 

Joanie Yan
Joanie Yan

What's next - Is Terry Collins the best manager in baseball?

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

Two words: FRANK......FRANCISCO. I guess "“Almost every move Alderson has made since taking over in 2010 has been golden,” uses that almost to its fullest extent. That was a putrid signing. If this article had any honesty, it could read that Alderson has done tremendous on the trade market, getting value for players acquiring d'Arnaud, Wheeler and Syndergaard while doing a mediocre job through free agency. He hasn't done well in free agency outside of the Byrd prize (the jury is out on Granderson, Young and Colon signings) and has not fielded a useful bullpen since coming here. I'd say Sandy has done a lot with a little, and though frustrating at times has a plan in place. I would not go as far as to say hes the greatest in the league...let him field a team with a winning pct before proclaiming that. This year is really the transition point of "Cleaning up Omar's mess" to "Sandy's team" Well see in a couple years how Sandy really did.

crash
crash

Aw, hell, you knew this posting was gonna generate some wonderful comments. Personally, isn't even the best GM in New York, much less major league baseball. Sure, the circumstances are vastly different, but it all boils down and wins and losses. And whether a team is actually entertaining. The Mets are Sandy's regime have been, for the most part, a dismal collection of ham-n-eggers that are neither terribly talented nor fun to watch. Ever watch a Met pitcher try and sacrifice? It's not a good thing (to quote Martha). And yet, 80% of respondents approve of his performance. I don't know what team they're watching. I don't think its beyond reason to say that Sandy is performing every bit as well as Glenn Sather and whoever is running the Knicks these days.

Joanie Yan
Joanie Yan

I burst out laughing when I read the headline.

Ken Copen
Ken Copen

the non-trade of Reyes when they clearly knew they weren't going to field a competitive offer is by far his worst move. That could have netted another Wheeler/Syndagaard type if not far more. IMO though it's difficult to judge Alderson as long as he's hamstrung by the terrible, terrible ownership, and sadly that will be forever. 

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hahah i figured out why my posts are pending. its only  when i mention the former met knuckleballer cy young winner. seriously its because ithe last name has D-I-C-K in it. too funny. 

Sammy Makki
Sammy Makki

What number does Alderson the manager wear in the dugout? Maybe you should think straight.

sell
sell

@jasonbay Well, to be fair, he has been fairly innovative in turning a 38 year old knuckleballer coming off a career year into d'Arnaud, Syndergaurd, etc. and Beltran into Wheeler.

sell
sell

@Tommy JongHo Kim And the Francisco signing.  Also is a lack of action always favorable?  He didn't sign a single major leaguer for more than Franky's 10 million for 3 years.


That said, most of his moves have been fantastic, especially ones for top prospects.

sell
sell

@Ryan Flanagan The author of the article was clearly stretching when he made this.  How could he even propose it before Sandy has had 1 winning season?

Glorious Gavin
Glorious Gavin

@Ken Copen This is just pure speculation on my part, but I think not trading Reyes was kind of a statement. Maybe because he didn't trade Reyes, when it was Beltran and Dickey's turn and the other teams knew that he wouldn't hesitate to keep them, which is how he got them to overpay.

sell
sell

@Ken Copen Absolutely right.  Travesty that we got nothing for Reyes.

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Ken Copen They wouldn't have gotten piss poo for Reyes.


Reyes got injured right before the deadline which majorly destroyed his value.

anymos
anymos

@Ken Copen And I think the owners played a role in that decision, though we'll never know for sure.  I think they wanted Reyes here competing for a batting title to give people a reason to keep coming to the park.  I can't think of any other reason why Sandy would jump on the chance to deal Beltran and RA but not do the obvious with Jose.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

Had the same issue. It's all about RA Penisey now

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Benny @Dante Puzzuoli True.


On the other hand, it takes winning seasons, playoff runs, and championships to be the best GM in baseball.

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

@sell @Ryan Flanagan Haha I know...it's just ridiculous. Saying he's done a good job, or that he's set the team up for success is one thing, but best in the league? That's just insane. 

sell
sell

@Sean Matrai @Ken Copen Reyes had no value? Someone paid him $106 million.


It's absurd they didn't do anything with Reyes.