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Mets GM Sandy Alderson says cancer prognosis is positive

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that his long-term prognosis as he battles cancer is positive. He continues to undergo chemotherapy every other weekend for the unspecified form of the disease.

"I feel very well," Alderson said shortly after arriving at camp. "I have therapy every couple of weeks. The side effects have not been significant. Really, since the winter meetings, I've been working full time. And I probably could have been at the winter meetings had I not had some sessions scheduled. I feel great. I'm ready to go. I will disappear from here a couple of times during spring training, just to go back to New York for some additional treatment. Otherwise I should be here and 100 percent and ready to go."

Alderson, 68, had been diagnosed with cancer only days after the Mets clinched the NL East title in late September.

"It was a little surreal, having not been to the World Series in 25 years, having never been diagnosed with cancer," Alderson said. "It was a little bit odd. The great thing about the postseason is it was a distraction at that time. And distractions are always nice."

The Mets went 90-72 during the regular season in 2015, snapping a streak of six straight losing seasons. They then ousted the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs en route to their first National League pennant in 15 years.

"I really haven't been this upbeat about a team in a long time," Alderson said. "... We may not have a lot of competition for jobs, but I think we're going to have competition for playing time. And I think that's just as important."