The Mets announced on Wednesday that the club extended the contract of general manager Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t come as much as a surprise despite a rather disappointing 2017 campaign for the Mets.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said, “I’m excited that Sandy will continue to lead the organization.”
Alderson helped build the 2015 roster which ended the Mets’ postseason drought dating back to 2006. They lost the World Series in five games to the Royals. In 2016, the Mets lost the NL Wild Card game to the Giants. In 2017, largely due to injuries, the Mets finished a disappointing 70-92 in fourth place in the NL East.
Alderson is now 70 years old but the Mets seem to think he’s still the best fit for the job, at least for the near future. The Mets aren’t expected to make any big splashes this winter, at least in free agency. The club has been linked to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and before that had been linked to then-Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.