According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Mets have decided to hire Sandy Alderson as their next general manager. Heyman wrote on Twitter (the apparent new way to report breaking sports news):
#mets are hiring with alderson as gm, sources say.
He added another tweet:
#mets went with the chalk. alderson getting the call is tough to dispute. announcement could be friday.
I’m not sure what Heyman means by “went with the chalk.” I can only assume he means that the Mets went with the favorite and the safe choice, which Alderson certainly is.
I don’t think they could have gone wrong with either Alderson or Josh Byrnes, the other finalist. Both have proven track records. Alderson just has way more experience, which of course makes him way older — which is both good and bad. Good, because by virtue of his age (62), he will likely command the respect of Jeff Wilpon, keeping Little James Dolan in line. But bad because Alderson may bring the same old tired ideas to the job.
All of this remains to be seen, of course. But right now it looks like the Mets will have a competent man making decisions for the ball club — the first time we can say that in a really, really long time.