Sandy Alderson diagnosed with cancer, will continue as the Mets GM

Sandy Alderson

BaronSandy Alderson has been battling several health issues over the last couple of months, inclusive of a fainting episode at a media conference following the World Series at Citi Field.

He missed the General Manager’s Meetings in Boca Raton in early November after undergoing an undisclosed procedure, but continued his duties as the club’s General Manager throughout those meetings and through the month of November.

On Friday, the Mets announced Alderson has been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer, and will undergo chemotherapy for 8-12 weeks this winter.

“As you know, Sandy went in for a medical procedure three weeks ago,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “Surgery was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and as a result of that procedure, the doctors confirmed that Sandy has cancer. The doctors believe and have told Sandy that the cancer is very treatable and are optimistic about a full recovery.”

Alderson will not attend the Winter Meetings in Nashville next week, but will continue his duties as the club’s General Manager through the week and while he undergoes treatment. Wilpon will travel with the rest of the front office staff to Nashville.

Assistant GM John Ricco, Terry Collins, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta will lead the Mets contingent at the Winter Meetings next week.

First off, this is unfortunate news, but thankfully it sounds like Alderson will be fine in time. Health is first, and he has a fantastic staff to help lead the club through a critical week next week as they seek to plug their holes and formulate their 2016 roster.

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