General manager Sandy Alderson has been working on an expiring contract this season. All signs point to the soon-to-be septuagenarian staying with the team in some capacity.
Sources tell Mike Puma of the New York Post that Alderson, who will celebrate his 70th birthday in November, is expected to remain in charge of the team’s baseball operations.
“If you had seen him going into the trade deadline he was as energetic as ever,” a team official told Puma. “The conversations we’ve had are a lot about next year and Sandy certainly seems like he is all in. He remains as involved in the organization as ever. I would be surprised if he walked away.”
Those remarks suggest that ownership will not look to make Alderson the scapegoat for what has become a lost season at Citi Field. While some may take issue with how he constructed the roster, it’d be insane to blame him for the multitude of injuries that the team has suffered.
But will Alderson return in his current capacity as general manager? Puma suggests that Alderson could be promoted to a “president of baseball operations” role. Doing so would remove the ‘assistant’ prefix from current assistant GM John Ricco’s title.
That wouldn’t necessarily change the structure of the front office, however. Even if Ricco became the official GM, Alderson would likely still have the final say on all roster decisions.
As for Alderson himself, he remains unconcerned about titles or his future with the team.
“That’s a subject that hasn’t really come up since the beginning of the season,” Alderson told Puma recently. “I’m not pushing it and I’m not expecting them [ownership] to push it. It will take care of itself in the course of the next few months. I’m not really thinking about it.”