So, it’s been a while since I’ve done a GM score. It’s not from lack of time; it’s from more from lack of approval. I wasn’t crazy about my scoring. The main problem was there was a little more to the roster that the GM has impact on than just the moves. One example is keeping a player from a previous GM; Alderson is a prime example since he pretty much took over a roster that was already in place.
Secondly, moves (or lack there of) can have various impacts from year to year. Dan Murphy was worth 1.9 WAR in 2011, but didn’t play in the majors in 2010; that doesn’t reflect in a normal score. Also, injuries impact this; Ike Davis dropped to 1.3 from 2.5 due to injury.
I’ve decided to look at the moves at a whole and year to year scores. Alderson is a great place to start.
Alderson was hired as the Mets GM on 10/29/2010.
Alderson’s first Mets team was worth 32.2 WAR over the season. Leading the team was batting champ Jose Reyes with a WAR of 5.8. The top pitcher was R.A. Dickey; the knuckleballer was worth 4.8 wins.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was D.J. Carrasco at -0.6. The worst hitter was Chin-Lung Hu with -0.5 WAR. There weren’t many large negative WARs; I can only attribute this to Alderson’s cutting bait before it got too bad.
Alderson didn’t look very successful at trades for the 2011 season; that should change though.
The total of the 3 trades Alderson made netted the team a -2.2 WAR.
|Player Traded||WAR||Player Received||WAR||Net|
|Mike Antonini||0.0||Chin-Lung Hu||-0.5||-0.5|
|Francisco Rodriguez, Cash||1.1||Danny Herrera, Adrian Rosario||0.4||-0.7|
|Carlos Beltran||1.0||Zack Wheeler||0.0||-1.0|
As you can see, Alderson didn’t do very well trading for 2011. The good thing is getting Wheeler for Beltran. Wheeler is a Top 50 prospect and expected to be a top of the rotation pitcher. That trade could move into his favor.
Hu wasn’t a necessary trade, as they had Ruben Tejada ready.
The Rodriguez trade was a salary dump; the Mets didn’t want to be responsible for his vesting option that was close to being exercised. They got little back and neither player is with the team any more.
Free Agents, Waivers, and Rule V picks were better for the GM.
|Pedro Beato||Rule V||-0.3|
|Brad Emaus||Rule V||-0.3|
|D.J. Carrasco||Free Agent||-0.6|
|Ronny Paulino||Free Agent||-0.1|
|Taylor Buchholz||Free Agent||0.4|
|Chris Capuano||Free Agent||1.3|
|Willie Harris||Free Agent||-0.3|
|Scott Hairston||Free Agent||0.2|
|Chris Young||Free Agent||1.2|
|Blaine Boyer||Free Agent||-0.5|
|Tim Byrdak||Free Agent||0.2|
|Dale Thayer||Free Agent||0.2|
|Jason Isringhausen||Free Agent||0.4|
|Miguel Bautista||Free Agent||1.1|
3 players with WARs over 1.0 is pretty solid for a team that played at a sub-par level. They really didn’t have money to spend and Alderson did a good job of making the most of it.
None of the players drafted made it to the majors this year.
Of the 32.2 WAR that the team achieved, Alderson was responsible for 0.8 of it due to moves, or 2% of the team’s WAR. I’m assuming that’s very low for any GM.
I’m willing to cut Alderson some slack for 2 reasons. First, he has a heck of a track record. His late ’80s Oakland teams were pretty good. Secondly, the Mets are in the middle of turmoil; money issues and bad contracts have limited what he could do. As I mentioned, he got pretty good value from his free agent signings.
I’ll be developing scores for GMs based off how they did compared to the other GMs. I’ll have a yearly score and a composite score. At this point, Alderson will be living off his Oakland legacy (which I’ll look into at some point).
|2011 Team WAR||2011 Alderson WAR||2011 Moves Total|
Note: The 2011 Moves Total will adjust year to year, since it will include multi-year signings, waiver claims/Rule V picks lasting over 1 season, or trades for players for multiple years. If a player re-signs with the team, that would be a signing and not part of the previous acquisition. Zack Wheeler can change the 2011 Total once he hits the majors and Pedro Beato can since he’s under team control for a few more years. This is the same as the previous scoring and will be expanded upon on GMs that have multiple years with a team.