Mets name Alderson GM

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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets introduced Sandy Alderson as their general manager at a Friday news conference.

Alderson received a four-year contract through the 2014 season with a club option for 2015. No financial terms of the deal were announced.

The 62-year-old former Marine will fill the void left by Omar Minaya, who was relieved of his duties earlier this month.

"I view the position of general manager of the New York Mets as the best job available in baseball, now and for the forseeable future," Alderson said in his introductory remarks. "The job has all of the elements; it is an iconic franchise in a great city, one that inspires us all to dream big, with stable, caring ownership, perhaps most importantly, it has a passionately committed fans and a great new ballpark. I'm excited about our immediate and long term future here."

Alderson was the clear frontrunner from the start. He helped construct an A's team that won four division titles, three pennants and one World Series during his 15 seasons as general manager from 1983-97.

Following a stint with San Diego's baseball operations department, Alderson became an MLB consultant for the league's interests in the Dominican Republic.

Alderson's first job with the Mets will be to find a new manager. New York, which went 79-83 in 2010, declined to pick up the option on Jerry Manuel's 2011 contract.

When asked about what he is looking for in a new skipper, Alderson said "I do believe that a manager needs to reflect the general philosophy of the organization and that it is important to have some sort of consistency in approach and philosophy from the major leagues through the minor league system.

"I can appreciate a fiery manager and a fiery manager is quite desirable. I think that is important in terms of leadership over 162 games. I would like someone who is somewhat analytical but occasionally, sometimes often, can be intuitive, as well."


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