John Harper’s column in the Daily News on Sunday contained something rare from the Mets media corps — criticism of Sandy Alderson. It was buried in the middle and it wasn’t particularly harsh because it appears people are still afraid to say bad things about the Mets GM, but it was there. Perhaps this will begin what should be a flood of criticism of the job Alderson has done thus far.
In commenting about how terrible the Mets are, Harper wrote:
Good thing for Sandy Alderson that he can hang his GM hat on his trades for top prospects Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud as centerpieces to his rebuilding plan, or he would be under siege by now in this, his third season on the job.
Alderson’s hands have been tied financially, but for someone who came in with a reputation of being able to find value in unheralded players, he sure hasn’t filled in the gaps at the major league level while waiting for the farm system to produce.
Despite the standard apology alleging that Alderson could have made more moves if he had the money, Harper hit the nail on the head. Where is the so-called evaluating genius who can find all-stars at the bottom of the barrel? All he’s given the Mets are the Collin Cowgills, Aaron Laffeys and Brad Emauses of the world.
Defenders of Alderson love to point out, like Harper did, that Alderson traded for Wheeler and d’Arnaud. Those were fine moves but they are the only two players of any significance that Alderson has managed to acquire. In three years he has acquired two players?! And we’re supposed to think that qualifies as doing a good job?
It takes 25 players to staff a team and as we’re seeing now, two good players (David Wright and Matt Harvey) cannot make up for the other mediocre 23. Okay, Bobby Parnell is doing very well, but you get my point.
I applaud Harper for finally standing up and suggesting that Sandy Alderson is not doing a good job as Mets GM. Perhaps other beat writers will join him and certain bloggers (okay, I mean me) who have been saying it all along — Sandy Alderson is just not a good general manager.
I doubt it will happen anytime soon. I think everyone is waiting for this off season, when the salaries of Johan Santana and Jason Bay come off the books, when the Mets claim they will spend money, when the time for excuses will be over. If Sandy Alderson continues his inaction, the chorus will grow. Until then, Alderson will be the teflon GM as we have to live with this team he has constructed.