Pressure mounts on Alderson to spend, win

September, 30, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets completed their fifth straight losing season Sunday with a 74-88 record. They are tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active sub-.500 streak in Major League Baseball.

And now they reward manager Terry Collins at a noon press conference Monday at Citi Field with a two-year contract extension that includes a team option for 2016 -- the correct move considering how hard his outgunned squad played.

Make no mistake: The focus in these days after the season should be on general manager Sandy Alderson, not Collins or anywhere else.

You can only sell the future for so long. Now, it is time for Alderson to deliver a winner.

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIL. Duda 83
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