With the Mets recently officially extending the contract of GM Sandy Alderson, let's take a look back at some of his highs and lows at the helm, where he has been since October of 2010...
Sandy's five best moves:
5.) Dec. 4, 2013: Signs Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal
Alderson came out of nowhere (he had said the day before that the Mets weren't acquiring a starting pitcher) to snag Colon, who was coming off a terrific season with the A's. Colon was a rotation mainstay in 2014 and 2015 and signed a one-year deal to return for 2016, when he turned in his best season as a Met as they advanced to the Wild Card game.
4.) Aug. 30, 2015: Acquires Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks for Miller Diaz and Matt Koch
This deal came after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, and was an absolute steal. Reed helped the Mets down the stretch and was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2016 and 2017, before being dealt to the Red Sox.
3.) June 5, 2014: Selects Michael Conforto with the 10th overall pick in the MLB Draft
Alderson snagged Conforto, viewed as one of the best pure hitters in the Draft, and watched him advance quickly through the minors. Conforto made his major league debut down the stretch in 2015, and hit two homers in Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals. Since then, he has established himself as one of the best young hitters in baseball.
2.) July 31, 2015: Acquires Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa
Just minutes before the trade deadline, Alderson struck the deal for Cespedes, whose red-hot hitting helped carry the Mets to the NL East title and a trip to the World Series. Cespedes re-signed with the Mets after the season, opted out of that deal after the 2016 season, and was then locked up again by Alderson -- agreeing to a four-year deal that runs through 2020.
1.) December 17, 2012: Acquires Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wuilmer Becerra, and John Buck from the Blue Jays for R.A Dickey and Josh Thole
Instead of signing Dickey -- the reigning 20-game winner -- to an extension, Alderson cashed in, landing two Top-25 prospects in the game. D'Arnaud has been polarizing during his time with the Mets, while Syndergaard has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball. Meanwhile, Dickey hasn't come close to replicating the dominance he displayed in 2012.
Signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal in Dec. 2013, trading Jon Niese for Neil Walker in Dec. 2015, and trading Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler in July of 2011.
Sandy's five worst moves:
5.) Dec. 7, 2011: Signs Frank Francisco to a two-year deal worth $12 million
Francisco was brought in to be a back-end reliever and struggled mightily, posting a 5.53 ERA in 2012 and appearing in just eight games in 2013 before seeing his brief Mets career come to an end.
4.) Dec. 23, 2015: Signs Alejandro De Aza to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million
In Alderson's defense, De Aza was brought in before Yoenis Cespedes was retained. But the mere fact that De Aza was brought in at all -- to be a potential replacement for Cespedes -- was highly questionable. De Aza hit .205/.297/.321 in 130 games with the Mets in 2016 before moving on to the Nationals in 2017, where he hit .194/.224/.323 in 28 games.
3.) Dec. 7, 2011: Trades Angel Pagan to the Giants for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres
The deal looked good at the time, but backfired, as Pagan hit .288/.338/.440 in 2012, .282/.334/.414 in 2013, and 300/.342/.389 in 2014 before regressing in 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, Ramirez had a 4.24 ERA in 2012 in what was his lone season as a Met, and Torres hit .230/.327/.337 in 132 games in what was his lone season as a Met.
2.) Dec. 2, 2013: DFA's Justin Turner
The Mets designated Turner for assignment after he hit just .265/.326/.370 during his three-year stint with the team. While the Mets and no one else (he signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 season) thought Turner would turn into one of the best players in baseball, this is one that haunts Sandy. But not as much as....
1.) Jan. 6, 2016: Lets Daniel Murphy sign with the Nationals
Even before Murphy's torrid NLDS and NLCS helped carry the Mets to the 2015 World Series, it was assumed that they would let him leave via free agency. As was the case with Turner, there was very little interest in Murphy, and he wound up signing a three-year deal with the Nationals. However, if any team could see the dominant force Murphy was about to become (he altered his swing under then-hitting coach Kevin Long), it should've been the Mets.