@metspolice is probably looking smug right now.
From the NY Post
Sandy Alderson has a new job, joining his protégé Billy Beane in Oakland this week as the Athletics’ senior adviser to baseball operations, but there’s a decision during his tenure as the Mets general manager that still bothers him.
“The one thing I regret — and I told him this — was not signing Daniel Murphy,’’ Alderson said by phone Friday. “We’ve kept in touch. He’s a great person and a really good player.”
At the time, the Mets were coming off their first World Series appearance in 15 years and they got there largely thanks to Murphy’s bat. Murphy finished the regular season on a tear and was named NLCS MVP.
Instead of bringing Murphy back on a long-term deal, the Mets acquired Neil Walker and a disappointed Murphy — who had hoped to stay in Queens — went to the Nationals for three years and $37.5 million.
He’s a very good player and an excellent offensive player,’’ Alderson said. “We made him a qualifying offer and he signed a multi-year deal elsewhere. I don’t think we predicted him sustaining that level of performance and he didn’t end up being part of our strategy. But I applaud him for what he’s done. I’d like to have that one back.’’Read more here.