NEW YORK — General Manager Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a multi-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Alderson’s new deal is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Alderson replaced Omar Minaya after the 2010 season, signing a four-year contract with a club option for 2015. Rather than just exercise the option, the Mets are giving Alderson a new deal that keeps him in charge longer.
CBSSports.com reported that Alderson and the team agreed to a three-year deal that runs through 2017. Several other media outlets reported earlier that Alderson was coming back and the sides were close to a multiyear extension.
Mets Manager Terry Collins signed a two-year deal after last season and is expected to return in 2015.
New York (76-80) must win five of its six remaining games to avert a sixth straight losing season since moving into Citi Field.
The 66-year-old Alderson has pared the payroll from about $133 million in 2010 to less than $92 million on opening day this season. But a thin farm system has improved under his watch, and the Mets appear to be making progress — at least on the mound.
By trading older players such as Carlos Beltran, R.A. Dickey and Marlon Byrd, Alderson acquired pitcher Zack Wheeler, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, second baseman Dilson Herrera, reliever Vic Black and top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.
With injured ace Matt Harvey expected back next year, the Mets have the makings of a promising staff that includes Wheeler, NL Rookie of the Year contender Jacob deGrom and young closer Jenrry Mejia.
The offense is a different story. Alderson signed All-Star third baseman David Wright to a $138 million, eight-year contract before the 2013 season, and he struggled with an injured shoulder during the worst season of his career this year.
Right fielder Curtis Granderson, brought in as a free agent, has 19 homers and 62 RBIs after signing a $60 million, four-year deal.
Alderson is expected to be in the market for bats this winter, especially at shortstop and left field. He also has a decision to make about the future of All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, due a hefty raise in arbitration this offseason.
Murphy can become a free agent following the 2015 season.
(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)