New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson knows how to win. His track record says so.
He served as the Oakland A's general manger from 1983 through 1997. During his time there, the A's made three consecutive World Series appearances from 1988-1990, winning one in 1989.
Alderson has been dubbed as the godfather of "Moneyball," which has been made famous by current Oakland general manager Billy Beane.
His model of the plan has not worked out in New York. Not yet, anyway.
Financial issues are holding the Mets back, and everyone knows that. But with the A's and the Baltimore Orioles both making the playoffs in 2012, it begs the question of why the Mets cannot do the same thing next season.
It might be time for Alderson to dust off his copy of "Moneyball" and refresh his memory to how to build a team. For that matter, he should give Beane a call and get some pointers.
That being said, here are some tricks the Mets could use in creating a contender not only for 2013 but for many seasons to come.