Sandy Alderson is in his seventh season as the GM of the Mets, and he does have some impressive accomplishments in that time. During his watch the Mets had two postseason appearances, including one in the World Series, and of all the Mets GMs only Frank Cashen and Johnny Murphy can top that, with World Series wins during each of their tenures.
With respect to playing personnel Alderson, like most GMs, has had some hits and some misses. Clearly trading for and then signing Yoenis Cespedes and drafting Michael Conforto have been very successful moves. Failing to make a reasonable multi-year contract offer to Daniel Murphy was a bad move. This subject had been debated frequently in these pages but letting go a guy who would go on to finish second in the 2016 MVP voting and is again among the NL offensive leaders this year has to be considered a mistake.
Alderson does turn 70 this year, and his contract expires after the season. He had a recent battle with cancer, and he is at the helm of an organization that is now in a type of rebuilding mode. Might it be time for Alderson to step down at the end of the season?
That of course will be up to the Wilpons and Alderson himself, but the upcoming offseason does seem like a logical time for Alderson to call it a career. Mets manager Terry Collins also has a contract that expires after this season, and a new GM would have the flexibility to either retain Collins (should Collins wish to manage another season) or go with someone new.
If Alderson does retire after this season, where might the Mets look for a successor? They may choose to look at the front offices of successful franchises such as the Cubs, the Nationals, the Dodgers and Cardinals for some rising talent. One name that is intriguing is Jason McLeod, the Senior VP of Player Development for the Cubs. He is credited with having a big hand in the many recent successful Cub drafts, notably Kris Bryant.
If the Mets stay in-house, John Ricco would be a contender. He has been the assistant GM of the Mets since 2006, serving in the regimes of Jim Duquette, Omar Minaya and now Alderson, so he has had exposure to different styles of front office leadership. Ricco did fill in for Alderson at the winter meetings after the 2015 season while Alderson underwent medical treatment.
We’ll probably find out sometime after the end of the World Series if Alderson will settle down in his rocking chair or if he is game for another go at running the organization.