Despite his contract expiring at the end of this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is still making decisions in the best interest of next season and beyond, he recently told Newsday's David Lennon.
"My job currently entails thinking about 2018, 2019 and that doesn't change based on contract status," Alderson explained. "That's just the nature of my position. From my standpoint I'm honestly not thinking about it except when I have to respond to a question. We have a lot to do between now and the end of the season. That's what I'm focused on."
Alderson's current three-year contract concludes at the end of this season. He will be 70 years old at the start of next season.
According to Lennon, it's possible Alderson already has an agreement in place to remain with the Mets, but it is unlikely to be announced until after the regular season.
In the span of two weeks, Alderson traded Addison Reed, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson, all of whom will be free agents at the end of this season.
Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline in 2015. Credit: USA Today Sports.
Alderson was hired by the Mets 2010 when he replaced then-general manager Omar Minaya. The Mets missed the playoffs in each of his first four seasons, but reached the World Series in 2015 and made the postseason again in 2016.
"If you had seen him going into the trade deadline he was as energetic as ever," a team official told the NY Post's Mike Puma in early August. "He remains as involved in the organization as ever. I would be surprised if he walked away."
I still think Sandy will be back, be it GM or a different position. Frankly, I always assumed that he would eventually elevate to a more senior level, President of Baseball Ops position with his assistant, John Ricco, taking over day-to-day action as GM.
That said, as I've said in the past, I wonder if Alderson will be reluctant to make this caliber move given how poorly the team played this past season. He's a strong guy, proud and passionate about his work, and I wonder how going out on a down note might impact his decision. Instead, I wonder if he'll keep the front office structure as is, and then look to switch it up after a more successful season in 2018.
The way I understand it, the majority of the team's ownership is more than satisfied with what Alderson and the front office has done for their business and brand since being hired seven years ago. I think the situation is a bit more complicated with Collins.
In the end, I expect Terry will be replaced, either because he officially retires or Alderson transitions him to a different role in the organization. From what I've heard, ownership intends to make a decision on Alderson before the end of September (if they haven't already), at which point a quick decision on Collins will almost certainly be announced. It's possible both men decide to leave on their own, of course, but I think that is a far more likely outcome for Collins than Alderson.