Loyal reader Metsense recently posted this thought:
I feel sorry for Sandy Alderson. I believe, when he initially signed on, he thought of the Mets as Moneyball only with money. Imagine if he took the $142M payroll, lopped off the Perez and Castillo contracts and went into this winter with a $128M to spend. I think he would have done a few things differently to put his stamp on the franchise and we would be contending in 2012.
This would have given Alderson around $30 million more to spend than he actually did have this offseason. He could have re-signed Jose Reyes. He could have chased one of the high-end pitchers like C.J. Wilson. Perhaps he would have sought a catcher and traded for Chris Iannetta. It’s even possible he would have gone for an established closer and bid for Jonathon Papelbon. The mix and match possibilities, while not quite limitless, are more than I want to get in right now.
But I want to focus on another possibility – What if Sandy Alderson knew exactly...