Remember back in August during a well-publicized WFAN interview, Sandy Alderson said such things as:
“We need an infusion of players, productive players.”
“(We will not) be complacent over the course of the the off season about bringing back the same team because we think it’s an inch away from success. I think we will take a step back and take a broader look at things… After having watched this team for a couple of years. Maybe it’s time to make some moves.”
He certainly got us Mets fans believing that changes would be coming. I wrote at the time that I would “believe it when I see it.” Well, we won’t be seeing it — it turns out Alderson was flat out lying. Again.
On Tuesday he told ESPNNewYork.com that changes are not coming to Flushing after all.
“I would expect the roster will look similar to the way it did at the end of last year — with some exceptions,” Alderson said. “It’s hard to speculate. When you think about it, the trade market, signing free agents and so forth, it’s relatively young in the season. It’s hard, really, to accurately predict where things will end up.”
He added, ”Again, it’s hard for me to predict what exactly will happen But we’re not going to spend the money in mid-December just because we have it. We may spend it in January. We may spend it at some other time. We may not spend it. But the important thing is we have the flexibility to make a baseball decision about that rather than be constrained by sort of an artificial financial limitation.”
Listen to the words Sandy Alderson uses: “I would expect… hard for me to predict…” He is the general manager of the team. If anyone can say what to expect or can predict anything, it would be him. Either he is signing or trading for new players or he isn’t. Is he waiting for some divine intervention to make his decisions for him?
Alderson lied continuously about the payroll last year and no one in the media called him out in it. Now he lied about plans to make the team better. Let’s hope the beat writers who seem to adore Alderson finally make him accountable for his conflicting statements.
Or maybe calling Alderson a liar is too harsh. Maybe he honestly thought he could acquire new players but then it turned out he was unable to do it. So that would make him incompetent. So Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the New York Mets, is either a liar or is incompetent. It’s got to be one or the other.