TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Two roads diverged in Flushing, and I’m not talking about 126th St. and Roosevelt Ave. The Mets are faced with two futures. They cannot manage to have both, all they can do is look down the paths and see which option seems better. What might seem better now, may not be better later. Either way, the paths seem to head towards our final destination. So, in this metaphoric quandary, which path do the Mets choose?
The first path bends the Mets and hitchers our cart to a familiar star. The Mets can re-sign David Wright and make the statement, “This is David’s team.” Win or lose, he’s our man, face and brand. He’ll be the cornerstone of the organization for years and the Mets will look towards a World Series with him leading the offense by 2013-14. It’s not outrageous to think the Mets could do it. The Mets have some hitters: David Wright, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy who can get things done with their bats. Adding in a player like: Mike Napoli or some other offensive boost could go a long way. The Mets have some pitching: Matt Harvey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Johan Santana, Josh Edgin, and a host of minor leaguers. The Mets sign a safety net starter and perhaps a reliever or two and they could be pretty set.
Let’s Say The Mets Took This Path:
- Resign David Wright Long-Term
- Sign A Few Free Agents
- Trade Prospect Wilmer Flores
- Compete With Washington in the NL East in 2013
- Make World Series Run in 2014 (Behind: David Wright, Ike Davis, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler)
The second path is darker and misty. We can’t truly see our way, but we try our best and stumble on. On this path the Mets trade David Wright, the face of the franchise, to a contender in need of immediate help at 3rd base. They look to receive 2-4 prospects with at least one in the elite level of prospect-hood. Let us argue that the Mets make this trade and that elite player they receive plays the outfield and hits righty. The Mets then look at Lutz for the first half of 2013, until Wilmer Flores proves he’s ready. The Mets promote Flores and, for good measure, Matt Den Dekker. The Mets are still built from within in terms of pitching, with limited need for acquisitions there. In 2014 the Mets re-evaluate their needs in terms of free agency based on how their young team progressed the previous year.
Let’s Say The Mets Took This Path:
- Use Option/Trade David Wright
- Promote From Within
- Wait For 2014 To Make Any Signings
- Compete With Washington and Atlanta in 2014 and 2015
- Make World Series Run in 2015 or 2016 (Behind: Wilmer Flores, Ike Davis, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and the mystery man we traded Wright for)
Both of these paths get the Mets towards fielding a World Series contending team in the next 3 years. One takes a little longer but might have the bigger reward and potential for an extended run of NL dominance. One focuses on what we have and tries to use it without sacrificing our future. Sadly… the Mets might take a different path altogether.
The Road Less Traveled: Wilpon Blvd
The Mets don’t sign Wright long-term… They don’t trade him… They play out a mediocre 2013 with some promising hopeful moments and then… Watch David Wright hop off to a division rival… OR THE YANKEES! The Mets promote all their young players but don’t have the surrounding cast of characters to carry a true contending team. Met fans watch as the team they love flounders in neutral because their ownership chose the path less traveled… NOT MOVING AT ALL.
Here’s The Point: Trade Wright… Don’t Trade Wright… I don’t care anymore. Make a plan and follow through with it or sell the team to an ownership group that can make these decisions and live with the consequences.