October is young and the search might carry on well into autumn, but it sure sounds like Sandy Alderson is the front-runner for the Mets’ opening at general manager.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Saturday that the “Mets’ circumstances cry out for what Alderson offers — a combination of brains, stature, accomplishment and fortitude. Case closed.”
Steve Popper of the Bergen Record spoke to a baseball executive who called Alderson “the clear choice, maybe the only choice” to fill the Mets’ needs.
It’s a love fest in New York.
Alderson, 62, is currently running point on commissioner Bud Selig’s effort to clean up the corruption that surrounds youth baseball in the Dominican Republic. He was a Marine in Vietnam and graduated from Harvard Law. Most importantly, he built winning teams with very little resources during the 80s and 90s as president of the A’s.
Given the Mets’ $130 million payroll and the freedom to shake up the club’s farm system, Alderson might finally be able to bring playoff baseball to Citi Field.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.