"The last three years, the strategy I have tried to articulate is threefold: acquire talent and develop talent, create more payroll flexibility...and third, try to win as many games as you can without compromising one and two."Much of this has been implied over the years. Get younger, get cheaper. Make sure players remain under team control. Don't sacrifice the future for the present. He has probably said all of this in bits and pieces over the years if you make a point to read between the lines, but this is the first time I can remember him laying it all out directly.
Alderson also believes that the organization has turned a corner with this plan, making references to the team finally spending money, taking the opportunity to point out that the Mets have spent the fifth most this winter. He also referenced the young prospects, many of them believed to be difference makers, who are set to start contributing this season.
So if this has been the plan all along, despite whether you think its a good plan, I would have to guess that he's been fairly successful at sticking to it. The Mets are younger, they are cheaper and for the most part they are under team control. There have been some additions made, and the Mets may be ready to take a step forward, but I'm already prepared to ask what the next step in the plan is. Will more money be spent next winter? Are their trades to come? Alderson's plan has gotten us this far, but the Mets are still far from being a force in the National League. So what now?