Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sandy Alderson: Playing With House Money in 2011
By James Stewart-Meudt
But this is the team that Alderson is taking over. His ace, Johan Santana, is out until the All-Star break, his fans are screaming to release his starting second baseman and find anyone else, and their best option for a lefty reliever, Oliver Perez, would probably be beaten to death should Mets fans catch him out in the open.
So basically, Alderson is inheriting a team that isn't expected to contend in 2011, so if they don't, it's no skin off his back. The Mets have a ton of money coming off the books in 2012, so if Alderson goes out and fails to put together a contender in that off-season, then he'll get the blame. But you can't blame Alderson if the Mets don't win significantly in 2011. The Mets might lose, but Alderson will win.