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Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Sandy Alderson, one of the earliest Big League adopters of the analytics approach to evaluating players, is the leading candidate to take over the Mets’ vacant general manager job, the New York Daily News reports.

Alderson was general manager of the Oakland A’s from 1983 to 1997, and was among the first to rely heavily on statistical analysis. When new owners bought the team in the mid-1990s and demanded he slash payroll, Alderson got creative with building a team.

He relied heavily on underused objective statistics to find undervalued players and construct a winning team. He also hired Billy Beane, of Moneyball fame, to run the team when he stepped down. Alderson himself was afforded heavy praise in Michael Lewis’s 2004 best-seller.

Should the Mets hire Alderson, he’d have a deeper checkbook to work with than ever before. In his last year with Oakland, average player salaries were $1.3M and Oakland had a payroll of $12.9M. Today, the average salary is $3.4M and the Mets spent $132.7M in 2010.

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