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To paraphrase Michael “Sugar” Ray Richardson:
“The ship be devolving.”
As much as Terry Collins is currently under fire, and to an extent, deserves to be, Sandy Alderson somehow remains above it all.
Sandy is a gentleman who has decided that major league managers hold the designation “middle management” within the framework of a big league corporation. On its face, this is fine. What is difficult to understand, however, is that Sandy, on his exalted upper management perch, is somehow immune. To just about everything, evidently.
Immune to people giving his “We’ll compete for players at a fiscally responsible level” the thorough examination it merits — as if Shin-Soo Choo is going to be dying to play for the Mets next year on a three-year $30 million contract after hitting .300 and knocking in 90 runs this year. Sandy will offer this deal and then act shocked and dismayed when other teams better this offer by several years and tens of millions of dollars. He’ll then inform us that he couldn’t extend to that level as to protect the long-term financial flexibility of the team.
It’s this sort of nonsense that leads to our big off-season acquisition being Shawn Marcum. Four million guaranteed and eight million if he has a good year. Sounds great, Marcum wins 13 or 14 games and we’re happy to pay him the money. What a bargain! Sandy’s a genius!
But how about Marcum goes 3 and 7 with a 5.99 E.R.A and his arm falls off. Viola! Four million for this? It just seems that this scenario unfolds time and again when teams shop in the bargain bin.
We all know that Sandy is going to be around next year to implement his plan. I’m not suggesting he not get the opportunity. I will say that with his cocksure attitude, and with so little to show for it, Alderson is REALLY starting to wear out a large segment of Met fandom. Upper management or not, his day of reckoning might not be far off.