Tag:Sandy Alderson
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:38 am

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesIf Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has his way, free-agent-to-be shortstop Jose Reyes won't just finish this season in a Mets uniform, but will also start next season at Citi Field.

The New York Post reports Alderson is "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season" to keep Reyes, and there is "almost no way" Reyes will be traded before the July 31 deadline.

Reyes has said he didn't want to negotiate during the season.

Earlier this season, Mets owner Fred Wilpon told the New Yorker that Reyes "thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money" and "won't get it."

Carl Crawford money, it should be noted, is $142 million over seven years.

It will likely take at least $100 million to sign Reyes for the next five or six years, and the Post reports the Mets ownership would be willing to offer close to $20 million per season to keep Reyes.

Reyes has also said in the past he'd prefer to stay with the Mets.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:45 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fred WilponIf the Mets find themselves in contention a month from now, adding payroll won't be an issue, or so says team chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Wilpon, speaking to Dan Martin of the New York Post, says Sandy Alderson won't have his hands tied by ownership when it comes to adding players.

"He'll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in," Wilpon said. "The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we'll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We'll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis."

Alderson, publicly at least, says that sounds well and good and he'll be looking. But a lot can change between now and the trade deadline. The Mets are 35-37 and 9 1/2 games out of first in the NL East and five games back in the wild card, with five teams ahead of them and tied with Pittsburgh and Washington.

"Tied with Pittsburgh and Washington" is usually not a phrase used by teams looking to make a playoff push with trades, even if the Pirates and Nationals are improved this season.

The good news for Mets fans may be that the same philosophy appears to be in place for the players currently on the roster, including shortstop Jose Reyes, who is a free agent after the season.

When asked if the Mets still have hope that they can re-sign Reyes, Wilpon told the Post: "Why wouldn't we?"

Well, if you have to ask ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:54 pm

Santana's rehab hits a hiccup

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Johan SantanaJohan Santana stopped throwing 10 days ago after suffering soreness in his surgically-repaired left shoulder, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters before Monday's game in Pittsburgh.

Santana hasn't seen a doctor, but he hasn't thrown off the mound since it started hurting him, but has thrown long toss. He could return to the mound this week.

Alderson went out of his way, apparently, not to call it a setback.

"He's progressing extremely well," Alderson told reporters, including Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger. "But once the intensity cranks up, it wouldn't be surprising that there would be some soreness."

Santana had surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder last September.

Alderson said when Santana starts throwing off the mound again, it will be like the beginning of spring training for him, so he'd still need about six weeks to get ready -- and that's without any more setbacks.

Santana is still owed $24 million next season and $25.5 million in 2013 and can buy him out of a $25 million option for 2014 for $5.5 million. It's unlikely the team will do anything to rush him, likely looking at this season as a sunk cost and hope to get some value out of him the next two years.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: March 3, 2011 5:57 pm

As the Mets turn: Ownership soap opera continues

Wilpons You take a baseball team and one of the biggest financial schemes in history and you've all of a sudden got backpage headlines -- add the Mets' recent struggles and the son of an American hero, and you've got gold.

In short, there's a lot more going on with the Mets other than who is leading off this season.

Last week it was revealed that Fred and Jeff Wilpon (left) have said they're look to sell as much as 25 percent of their stake in the team, and the fallout has been tabloid fodder.

So here's a sampling of what's going on:

Newsday reports Bud Selig will meet with the team's owners, the Wilpon family, when he is in New York City this week. The commissioner refused comment on the Wilpons' financial state.

• The reports that Martin Luther King III is looking to buy the Mets have been exaggerated, King told the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

"Larry [Meli] gave a lot of information that led to the impression that I was leading an effort [to buy the Mets]," King told the newspaper. "First, that is not accurate. What is accurate is that there has been a discussion. But there is no deal on the table and I am not leading an effort."

King said he was still in the "exploratory phase."

• New Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will look to lower payroll in the future, but it has nothing to do with ownership. The team will go into this season with a payroll anywhere from $140-$150 million.

"I think that is significantly higher than we'd like to be on an annual basis," Alderson said on a conference call on Tuesday (via the New York Post ). "That's a product of adding some additional players that we felt the roster needed as well as some existing [contracts]. The plan and the approach that I've taken over the last two months has not been affect at all by any other outside factors."

• Alderson said he's still confident he can do the job he wants to do under the Wilpon's.

"You're right to say some circumstances have changed, but would it have changed my decision? I don't think so," Alderson said (via the New York Daily News ). "I'm not surprised by this development just because the Madoff situation was a backdrop to the Mets, a well-known backdrop. My enthusiasm and energy for this position and my confidence in the Mets is undiminished."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:45 pm

Oh, those zany Mets

You must see the awfulness that is this promotional video for Mets season tickets. It's presented like a news story about the Mets making a big signing, complete with fake news conference and a strategy meeting between manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson about this must-have piece of their 2011 puzzle.

The target? It's you! Get it? It's the biggest twist since The Sixth Sense !

Note to front office: This is how you make a funny fake commercial about the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:51 pm

Canseco begs Alderson for a job

I know we wrote about this the other day, but it's a slow day and Jose Canseco is the gift that keeps on giving.

His latest? He's gone on Twitter and personally asked Sandy Alderson for a chance to play first base for the Mets.

Jose Caseco

OK, where to start?

Let's just say Canseco can still swing the bat as he did the last time he played (2001 ad forget that 10 years has a negative effect on physical skills (especially from 36 to 46). So, that year he hit 16 home runs in 256 at-bats for the White Sox and put up a slash line of .258/.366/.477.

Sorry Jose, but Ike Davis hit .264/.351/.440 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI in 147 games as a rookie in 2010. I'm think it'll be tough for any 46-year old to match that.

But hey, keep on beleivinging.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 1:10 pm

Newsmakers or Snoozemakers: GMs to watch

From December 6-9, baseball's offseason will kick into high gear as team officials, agents, players and media descend upon Orlando, Fla. This week, MLB Facts and Rumors will preview an aspect of the Winter Meetings each day. Today: The top 5 GMs expected to make noise at the meetings, plus those who should remain quiet.

There figures to be plenty of action at the Winter Meetings and much of it will happen on the floor with agents, media and team representatives, but those responsible for all the machinations will be ensconced in hotel suites, directing the action from above.

While some hotel suites will have plenty of neighbors looking over with a scowl at all the noise, others figure to stay quiet -- well, as quiet as one can amongst the hubbub, anyways. Let's look at who figures to be splashed among the headlines and those who will wait for another day.


Moore Dayton Moore (pictured): Moore has perhaps the best player on the trade market (unless one wants to pitch in Adrian Gonzalez' name) in Zack Greinke, but Greinke ain't going anywhere until Cliff Lee signs -- and even then it's a big if.

While one can't rule out Cliff Lee signing next week, there stands a good chance that may not come to fruition until the week or two after the winter meetings. Remember, Mark Teixeira inked with the Yankees January 6. Lee's market is more defined and aggressive than Teix, but the fact remains: the Lee saga could be far from over.

Sure, Moore figures to make his annual overpay for a mediocre player (cough Jeff Francouer cough), but that'll get overshadowed and is essentially a non-story anyways until K.C.'s baby boom arrives.

Sandy Alderson : Alderson was thought to be close to a deal with starting pitcher Chris Young, although those talks have not progressed as quickly as originally thought. This is roughly the caliber of player New York will be seeking. The core of the team (both financial and talent-wise) is already on the club. It's Alderson's job to supplement the team with the best opportunity to win in 2011 with the resources it has, while leaving the future (as immediate as 2012) open for making the team the way Alderson wants it.

That leaves Alderson discussing deals with lower-tier free agents, not enough for people to really sit up and take attention of at this point. However, his has been a bit of an aggressive free-agent market, so while lower-tier names usually don't fly off the board early, Alderson could net some in Orlando. Alderson is also thought to be trying to clear out salary, but that won't be easy to do and any proposed deal that hits the rumor page doesn't make sense.

Michael Hill
: Larry Beinfest is still attached to the Marlins publicly in his role as president for any moves in baseball operations, but Michael Hill is the general manager in name and practice so he is the one of record making the moves Florida has done lately. And they've been plenty: trading Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller and signing John Buck along with Javier Vazquez.

Is Florida done? No. Are they nearly done? Yep. Florida could stand to add one more bat, either at second, third or center, but may choose not to do so. The Marlins have wrapped up so much of their business quickly that there simply isn't much left to do.

Neal Huntington: The Pirates aren't high on anyone 's wish list, so even if Huntington is much in the same position as Alderson in only being able to afford mid- and lower-tier free agents as the Bucs desperately try to reverse the stink of 2010, no players will be signing in town anytime soon. There are no major trades on the horizon either.

Dan O'Dowd : O'Dowd is in a similar situation to Hill in that he's made most of his major moves. A mega-million extension for Troy Tulowitzki and enticing Jorge de la Rosa back to town were his grand strokes. Up next is fortifying the bench and infield, which may be done with a trade of Seth Smith or Ryan Spilborghs which would only register as a minor rumble on the Winter Meetings-ometer.

Ah, but as Michael Buffer (pictured) is famous for saying, these GMs figure to be prominently displayed...


Brian Cashman : Cashman has his fingers in pretty much every major storyline this offseason. Let's look:
  • The No. 1 free agent target in the market, Cliff Lee, is the apple of New York's eye and they are determined to outspend everyone for his services.
  • The best position player on the market in Carl Crawford would be best served in seeing the Lee saga to play out in case the Yankees become a suitor. Jayson Werth's suitors will crystallize with Crawford off the block, so his own timeline is delayed.
  • The Yankees have the resources and may have the desire to get Zack Greinke from the Royals. The latest scuttlebutt has Greinke willing to waive his no-trade clause even for New York.
  • The public brouhaha between the Yankees and Jeter has been a major plot for a league-average player at this point in his career because of all the implications therein. The Yankees are dominating the media with this topic.
  • Oh, and about that greatest closer of all-time? Yeah, Mariano Rivera and New York may be edging closer to a contract extension that could be announced at the meetings to give the Yankees an injection of goodwill.
  • Yep, another bullet point. Don't forget about Andy Pettitte, trying to decide between retirement or rejoining the Yankees.
Dave Dombrowski : The Tigers have been very busy this offseason so far, snaring Joaquin Benoit and Victor Martinez while re-upping with Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta. A big outlay has been made, but the Tigers aren't done just yet. The club could stand to add another starting pitcher and definitely need to add an outfielder. You can't rule Jayson Werth out, although Detroit figures to shoot lower.

Andrew Friedman
: Friedman has a major task ahead of him in rebuilding the Rays back to the level they achieved just months ago in the 2010 season. He has to start over with a bullpen while replacing Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. The two major trade chips are Jason Bartlett and to a lesser extent, either Matt Garza or James Shields. Bartlett should be moved quickly, but Tampa's work will be far from done. The club needs to get as many chips as it can in order during the meetings.

Kenny Williams: No Winter Meeting is complete without a patented Kenny Williams move. Unafraid to be aggressive in free agency and trades, Williams always seems to have something cooking. The team needs a catcher, outfielder and could even strike for a third or first baseman. How good would Adam Dunn look on that club?

Tony Reagins
: The Angels have sure been quiet for a team expected to make a splash. Where's the Adrian Beltre signing? The flash of bulbs as Carl Crawford holds up his jersey? Rafael Soriano grinning as he assumes the mantle of closer?

You may see all (or some) of those at the Winter Meetings. The Angels have been laying in wait, shuffling their cards behind the scenes and could be poised to break through.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:29 pm

Mets hope to make manager call soon

Sandy Alderson
The Mets have finished parading their Final Four through the Orlando Waldorf Astoria, and general manager Sandy Alderson's post-interview comments to reporters left some of them with the impression the team might have already reached a consensus.

Terry Collins and Wally Backman interviewed Thursday, a day after Bob Melvin and Chip Hale. Alderson indicated a decision could be coming "in the next two to three days." The memorial service for Alderson's father, who was struck and killed by a car last weekend, is scheduled for Saturday, so look for the Mets to either strike quickly with an announcement on Friday or wait until Monday.

All indications are that the Mets are down to Collins and Melvin, and they represent two very different approaches and personalities. Melvin is known as staid and analytical, while Collins is fiery and emotional (Ken Davidoff of Newsday , meeting Collins for the first time this week, called him "intense to the point of being off-putting").

Watching what everyone has said and done in this situation, I've got a feeling it's going to be Melvin. The former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager meshes well with the style of Alderson and the front-office staff he's been assembling. I worked with Melvin on an almost daily basis for two years when he managed in Seattle, and he's both extremely intelligent and much more competitive than people assume from his under-control demeanor. He's similar in comportment and approach to Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, who has worked wonders. Fans will scream "boring" if Melvin is the pick, but Alderson knows public opinion doesn't win ballgames.

-- David Andriesen

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