Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/21/12
When Sandy Alderson was named Mets’ GM, it was to be a financial caretaker of the floundering franchise. I was critical of the R.A. Dickey trade because I believe their words of wanting to sign him were hollow and I still think that, but in fairness, I recognize Alderson was not dealing from a position of strength or leverage. There was a lot of criticism of Alderson the past two weeks, but again, in fairness, one has to look at some of the moves that have panned out for the better: CARLOS BELTRAN: Sure, Beltran’s power numbers would have looked good in the Mets’ outfield, but in the end they would have spent an additional $18.5 million to still finish fourth. Nobody knows if Zack Wheeler will make it, but there is a chance of the Mets obtaining a quality starter, while there was no chance of retaining Beltran. After the surgery flap, Beltran was out the door. They would not have received draft picks so getting Wheeler was the best they could do. OLIVER PEREZ and LUIS CASTILLO: Both...
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