Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Ever since Alderson's book came out earlier this year, I really wanted to give Alderson the benefit of the doubt.
I wanted to believe that he really was not lieing to Met fans.
I wanted to believe he intended to do many of the things he mentioned that would cost money, but the Wilpons kept closing the wallet as he was about to do them.
Alderson's quotes regarding why Cespedes will not be pursued by the Mets however destroys any doubt whether Alderson is a part of the lies.
, Alderson stated very clearly 2 things:
1) money is not the issue with not pursuing Cespedes at this point. In fact he pointed out that the Mets are spending money and will spend more money if there is a difference maker available.
Fact: It is undeniable through observation and statistics that Cespedes made a major positive impact on the NY Mets this past season.
2) The reason Alderson and the Mets are not interested in Cespedes is primarily because Cespedes is not primarily a centerfielder. Filling in at centerfield for 5 weeks is ok according to Alderson, but for the first 2 years of a contract would be unacceptable.
Because Cespedes is not primarily a centerfielder.
I believe the logical assumption there is that centerfield defense would be compromised.
Here is where I call Alderson out. I cry as loud and as far as I can BULL CRAP!!!
I am not disputing whether Cespedes is or is not primarily a centerfielder or even capable of being a primary centerfielder.
I am not disputing whether placing value on whether Cespedes is primarily a centerfielder as being a satisfactory reason not to pursue him.
I am not even going to argue whether his offense would or would not make up for any defensive deficiencies.
I am shining a spot light on Alderson's words vs. his actions.
His words are that there is no interest in Cespedes because Cespedes is not primarily a centerfielder.
His action however, was to acquire De Aza as the left handed part of his centerfield equation. De Aza who has not played centerfield primarily. In addition, all reports that I have read, seem to rate him as being more of a corner outfielder given his current abilities.
Alderson's actions did not coincide with HIS words. Notice, the Wilpons have no part in the issue here.
This is all Alderson. Alderson's lie.
I would also like to point out Alderson's own misdirection.
His statement makes it appear that Cespedes would only be able to fit in to the outfield mix as a centerfielder.
To begin with Cespedes, even as the starting centerfielder would not play all 162 games.
Add to that opportunities to play left field when Conforto and Granderson have days that they are off.
I am sorry, but many of these personnel decisions do have Alderson's thumb print on them. It can not always be placed at the Wilpons feet.
This situation perfectly illustrates that:
1) Not pursuing Cespedes is Alderson's decision. It is not a Wilpon closing the check book decision.
2) Alderson lied and used misdirection in order to justify his decision when addressing a Met fan base that is actively questioning the validity of his decision.