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Wait 'til next year? Not so much

Alderson, Mets won't offer false hope for 2013 -- instead, they offer none

Updated: December 12, 2012, 2:42 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

If Sandy Alderson had plainly articulated when he was hired as New York Mets general manager in October 2010 that the rebuilding plan would focus on three winters of letting contracts expire and waiting for the farm system to produce blue-chippers, how well would he have been received by the fan base?

Yes, the Mets needed to be fiscally prudent after awarding bloated, back-loaded contracts for years to free agents while forfeiting early-round draft picks under Omar Minaya.

Yet at least ...

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