Sandy Alderson, The New York Mets General Manager, has had much success as a Major League Baseball executive in stints with the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres. Now, halfway through his second year with the Mets, this may turn out to be the toughest task he has yet to face as he finds himself and the Mets in a bind approaching the deadline.
Owners Jeff and Fred Wilpon undoubtedly want a winning club that will fill the empty seats at CitiField. Yet as fans wait patiently on the upcoming trade deadline on July 31st, there is that feeling that no matter how hard Alderson sells upgrades to his bosses, it will be falling on deaf ears. Alderson insists that the Mets still have life and they will be buyers come the deadline, but is there anyone bullpen pitcher or right-handed bat that can help this club get on the winning track?
Sandy Alderson must feel as if he is in a salesman’s nightmare. First he has to try and sell his ideas and trades to the Wilpons, then turn around and sell the results to fans that have believed this team could remain competitive in the second half.
The truth is that no matter what Sandy finds himself selling, it might as well be the Brooklyn Bridge. The fans can see that ownership does not want to overspend until at least the offseason when a complete evaluation can be assessed. That leaves out Huston Street of the San Diego Padres as well as Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Management is not too fond of Brett Myers who would actually be a good fit and fill the closers role until Francisco Rodriguez comes off the DL.
Jonathan Broxton’s name has been swirling in the rumors lately but being in a contract year, he would be nothing more than a rent-a-player being the Mets will not want to pay him a contract worth about $5mill a year. There are other players out there and now that Omar Quintanilla was sent to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations, maybe the Mets will surprise us all come August 1st.
The questions remain that will some of these players be the answer as the Mets see their wild card hopes fading with every loss this second half. This is the time when we see if Sandy Alderson and his baseball acumen can get into the heads of Fred and Jeff. This is the time when we see, as fans, if the Wilpons are committed to their club as they were once committed to Bernie Madoff.