Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/27/12
Just over 18 months ago, the Mets hired Sandy Alderson in hopes that he could turn around an overpaid and underachieving franchise. In his first season as General Manager, Alderson hired Terry Collins, signed Chris Capuano and Chris Young to small, incentive-laden deals, and plugged some holes on the roster with veterans such as Scott Hairston and Willie Harris. The season turned out to be a tough one to watch, but the Mets’ wallets were strapped and there wasn’t any space in the payroll for big moves. Alderson did trade Francisco Rodriguez for low ceiling prospects, simply to rid the Mets of a terrible contract. He also moved veteran OF Carlos Beltran, in a trade that brought back arguably the Mets current best prospect, Zack Wheeler. The 2011-2012 offseason had a lot of noise, even though the Mets dropped about $50 million in payroll. Contracts of Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez, and Luis Castillo were finally off the books and the Mets saw their payr...
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