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The Sandy Alderson news conference

Not shockingly, Alderson absolutely killed it, as the kids say. It's no fun bashing Omar Minaya, since Minaya is a good baseball man who simply was miscast as a general manager. But to go from Minaya to Alderson...well, it's a rather dramatic adjustment.

Alderson is known as a straight shooter, and he offered clear answers to some questions while understandably, diplomatically side-stepping others. Does it really behoove him to say, "I desperately want to get rid of Oliver Perez!"?

As an example of the former, he said that he did not expect the Mets to be major players in this upcoming free-agent market. They simply have too many commitments - to bad contracts, as we know - in 2011. The Wilpons confirmed that the payroll will very likely stay flat.

Alderson said that he could envision the '11 Mets being competitive, and I suppose stranger things have happened. Yet we all know that's not real likely.

In this rare instance, though, I think Mets fans should be more excited by hearing Alderson's philosophies than by hearing any substantive news he offered. The guy knows what he's doing. There's no guarantee this'll all work out, but the process will be exciting, rather than head-bangingly frustrating.

--Have a great night.

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