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Sandy Alderson named MLB Executive of the Year

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announces

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announces a two-year contract extension for Mets manager Terry Collins at a press conference at Citi Field on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Little more than five years after taking over as Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson yesterday was named Baseball America’s Major League Executive of the Year.

Alderson, 68, has overseen the turnaround of the club. His early years with the Mets were marked by painful results on the field, all with the franchise still reeling from the Bernie Madoff financial scandal.

But this season, the Mets broke through, pushing forward with their first winning season since 2008, their first NL East title since 2006 and their first pennant since 2000.

The Mets finished 90-72 and outlasted the heavily favored Nationals to win the division. The turnaround came after a flurry of moves at the trade deadline orchestrated by Alderson.

The acquisition of slugger Yoenis Cespedes, veterans Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe and relievers Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed rounded out a roster powered by a dynamic stable of young starting pitchers.

Arbitration-eligible players may get contract offers: According to a source, the Mets are leaning toward tendering contracts to shortstop Ruben Tejada, and relievers Jenrry Mejia, Josh Edgin, Carlos Torres and Reed, who are all eligible for arbitration.

 

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