Top 10 Moves Made By New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson In 2013

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Top 10 Moves Made By New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson In 2013

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Now that we’ve made it to the month of September, the job for New York Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson is all but over for the 2013 season. Other than making some decisions on September call-ups, there isn’t a lot Alderson can do to help the 2013 Mets between now and the end of the season. Soon enough, everyone’s attention will be focused on what Alderson is going to do this winter in order to make the 2014 Mets the best team they can be. But for now, there’s still time to reflect on the job Alderson has done in 2013, specifically the good.

Yes, Alderson has made plenty of mistakes this season. Signing Shaun Marcum turned out to be a bad move, as the team was actually better when he went down with a season-ending injury. The signing of reliever Brandon Lyon also turned out to be a mistake, especially considering the biggest contributors to the Mets bullpen came to the team on minor-league contracts.

But believe it or not, Alderson has made a lot of smart moves leading up to the 2013 season and during the season as well. Remember, the Mets were competitive for a long stretch of the season, and moves made by Alderson are a big reason why that happened. Thus, we have a list of the top-10 moves Alderson has made since the end of last season. No matter how big or how small, these are top the top moves made by Alderson to help the Mets in 2013.

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10. Signing Omar Quintanilla

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It was a minor move to bring back Quintanilla, who spent part of 2012 with the Mets, but where would the Mets have been without him? When Ruben Tejada struggled early in the season and then was injured in late May, the Mets were lucky to have Quintanilla waiting in the wings. He ended up being their shortstop for a majority of the season and not being a liability at the position. He may even have a chance to be the Mets shortstop next season as well.

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9. Gave Rick Ankiel A Chance

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This move didn’t work out for the Mets, but the fact that Alderson took a chance on a veteran with a good track record showed that he was serious about doing whatever he could to make the Mets a competitive team; and that means something. Alderson was also right to release Ankiel when it was obvious things weren’t working out.

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8. Signing LaTroy Hawkins

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Who would have thought signing a 40-year old middle reliever would pay such dividends for Alderson and the Mets, but it did. Hawkins has been one of the Mets' best relievers all season, especially after the bullpen started to tire out and wear thin with the injury to Bobby Parnell, forcing Hawkins to take over as the team’s closer, which he did without issue.

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7. Did Nothing At The Trade Deadline

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The Mets weren’t exactly in contention at the trade deadline, but they were playing good baseball and Alderson made the smart move to not make any trades. Alderson has shown that he’s great at playing hardball when it comes to trade negotiations, and he was unwilling to come down on his price for some of the Mets' best trade chips, keeping the Mets’ roster intact so they could continue competing until a rash of injuries essentially ended their season.

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6. Traded for Eric Young

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At first glance it seemed like a bad move to waive young pitcher Collin McHugh, but trading McHugh for Young has worked out well for the Mets. By acquiring Young, Alderson gave the Mets the speed and true leadoff hitter they had been lacking early in the season. Not only has Young been a useful player this season, but he also may have a future with the Mets.

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5. Promoted Juan Lagares Before He Was Ready

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When the Mets’ outfield got out to a treacherous start, Alderson tried everything he could think of to turn it into a productive group, and part of that was promoting Lagares. When the season began, few thought Lagares would be in the big leagues by the end of April, but he was. Lagares clearly wasn’t ready to play in the big leagues at first, but Alderson was right to promote him when he did, because Lagares adapted quickly and now could be the Mets’ center fielder of the future.

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4. Parted Ways With Jason Bay

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This seems like ancient history now, but cutting ties with Bay with a year left on his contract was a great sigh of relief for the Mets and their fans. Bay would have just been one more headache in the Mets’ outfield this season, and Alderson freeing the Mets of him before the season was a great move.

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3. Traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck

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Alderson was smart to not make any moves at the non-waiver trade deadline, but the end of August was a great time to trade away Byrd and Buck, who probably wouldn’t return to the Mets next season anyway. Trading two veteran players for two legitimate prospects was a smart move by Alderson and could pay dividends for the Mets in the future.

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2. Signing Marlon Byrd

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Alderson wouldn’t have been able to trade Byrd if he hadn’t signed him first. Even though it was a low-risk minor-league contract that Byrd signed before the season, it wasn’t an easy decision signing an aging player coming off a PED suspension. Before he was traded, Byrd was arguably the Mets’ best player this season; and Alderson deserves all the credit in the world for taking a chance on him.

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1. The R.A. Dickey Trade

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The Mets will really benefit from this trade years from now, but it’s already evident that the Mets are big winners in the trade that sent Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the 2013 season. It was a gutsy move, but Alderson did well to trade Dickey at the peak of his value, getting two prospects in Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard that will almost certainly be huge parts of the Mets for years to come.

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