Ken Rosenthal tweeted this afternoon that the Mets have picked up the 2015 option on General Manager Sandy Alderson's contract and that the two sides are working out an extension:
Sources: #Mets picking up option for 2015 on GM Alderson and progressing toward extension.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 22, 2014
Talk of an extension for the Mets GM has been rumored in recent weeks but this report seems to make it appear on the verge of fruition. Further, Andy Martino of the Daily News tweeted about the possible length of such an extension shortly thereafter:
Sources: Alderson extension will be for about 3 years, but there are details still to be worked out. #Mets— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) September 22, 2014
Jon Heyman's sources agreed with Martino's in a tweet:
Sandy alderson getting new 3 year deal with mets.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 22, 2014
With Alderson's contract looking to be just about settled, the Mets head into a crucial offseason with one large item crossed off their list. The strong pitching of Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, along with the breakout of rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and the development of the team's fireballing bullpen has made it look like the team could take a leap forward next year. With the right moves, coupled with successful returns from team anchors David Wright and Matt Harvey, the team could be a lot more interesting a year from now.
Alderson and manager Terry Collins have guided the Mets to a 301-341 record over their four seasons with the team, a period that has been punctuated by an unprecedented drop in team payroll. The pair will head into their fifth season at the helm of the team looking to make it their first above the .500 mark.