Sandy Alderson expected to remain with the Mets beyond this season

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s contract expires at the end of this season, but as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports, he’s expected to stay on with the Mets, possibly as “President of Baseball Operations” as a means of matching the title-elevation going on around the league, but still serving the same role he always has, with assistant GM John Ricco as his chief lieutenant.

Alderson turns 70 soon and has had some health scares, but as Puma notes, the ex-Marine has shown no flagging on the job and, according to the folks he spoke to, seems as energetic and connected as he ever has.

As for the job he’s done: hard to blame him for what has happened to the Mets this year. Unless he’s somehow secretly injuring Mets players as some massive covert operation funded by the Washington Nationals.

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin agree to 2-year, $6.65M contract

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LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.

The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.

Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.

He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.