So this is the Sandy Alderson we all heard about and wondered if the guy in the Mets GM’s office was the same person.
This is the guy who was brought in to rebuild the organization and then make it a contender.
It was a long wait but now it seems like he’s doing his job.
Because today’s acquisition of Tyler Clippard signals that the Mets are most definitely going for it. After acquiring Jose Uribe and Kelly Johnson on Friday and calling up Michael Conforto, Alderson was just plugging leaks on a sinking ship.
Now with Clippard, he is strengthening one of the stronger areas of the Mets and getting it ready for the post season.
The 30 year-old righthander is 1-3 this season with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves. He will be a rental, as he is a free agent at the end of the season after earning $8.3 million dollars.
The Mets give up 20 year-old Casey Meisner, who went 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA for St. Lucie in six starts after getting promoted from Savannah.
Clippard went into the season as the A’s setup man, but assumed the closer’s role after Sean Doolittle was injured. He was traded in the offseason from the Washington Nationals and originally played for the Yankees.
The Mets are looking to upgrade their bullpen with Jenrry Mejia ineligible for the postseason due to his suspension for performance enhancing drugs.
And with still four days left until the deadline, Alderson may not be done. The Mets still would like to add another regular veteran bat into the lineup with Jay Bruce, Justin Upton, and Troy Tulowitzki mentioned as possibilities.
FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal first broke this story earlier today, saying the Mets were “making progress.”