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Why It's Finally Time for Sandy Alderson to go

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Ever since the New York Mets got off to hot start to start the 2018 regular season, they have been struggling. They have a 27-29 record and currently sit in fourth place in the National League East. New York is 5.5 games back of the Washington Nationals for the second wild card spot in the National League and six games game back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East.

With the Mets starting to sink once again, it looks like they are going to miss the playoffs. General Manager Sandy Alderson took over after the 2010 season. The Mets have only made it to the postseason twice in his tenure. That included a 2015 World Series appearance against the Kansas City Royals and they lost that in five games.

Alderson has signed veteran free agents and they either seem to get injured or not pan out. The bullpen has been one of the worst in the MLB ever since he took over. Alderson has not done a good job drafting either. That's on him and the scouting department. Remember when everyone said that shortstop Amed Rosario was going to be the next big thing for the Mets? Well he has been the complete opposite, but it seems as if he is starting to find a groove for now. Rosario has a .257 batting average with three homeruns and 18 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. In his career, he has a .253 batting average with seven homeruns and 28 RBI's, along with 10 stolen bases. Rosario can also be shaky in the field at times.

Alderson also drafted first baseman Dominic Smith. He is supposed to be a corner stone piece for the Mets future, but Smith might be playing his way out of it. Smith started the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. His batting average is .267 with two homeruns and 23 RBI's. Smith's on-base percentage is .358. He has a tremendous glove and Smith might be getting called back up soon. They have Adrian Gonzales at first base right now.

Other than those two players, what else do the Mets really have for the future right now? The answer, not much. They have one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball and that's on scouting and Alderson. In order to win championships, you need a strong foundation. That's why the Chicago Cubs won in 2016 and the Houston Astros won in 2017.

In order for the Mets to rebuild a farm system, they are going to have make a couple of trades and draft better. They shouldn't dare trade Jacob DeGrom or Noah Syndergaard. It is very possible they trade players like Asdrubal Cabrera, Adrian Gonzales, Jeurys Familia, and Jose Bautista. Outside chance they trade Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jay Bruce. Will see what the Mets decided to do. If Alderson is going to make another trade, he can't do for the sake of making one. He has to make sure he gets a decent prospect in return, not a no-namer.

In reality, it's time to believe that it wasn't Terry Collins fault for having some bad teams when he managed until the end of last season. Mickey Callaway is the new Mets manager this season and he is dealt with the same scenario Collins was. Once the regular season is over and the New York Mets miss the postseason once again, Sandy Alderson and his scouts need to be fired.

This article was originally published on @gk18