I’ve typically been a Sandy Alderson supporter. He inherited a series of poor contracts and a team owned by ownership that lacked the ability to invest in the team’s future and I’ve given him leeway. He managed to trade a Carlos Beltran rental for Zack Wheeler which was a coup but since that he’s not done much.
I gave him a pass on Jose Reyes. Even as Jose Reyes turned into Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds instead of prospects who might be graduating into the majors now. The reason I forgave him is the rationalization that the team wouldn’t let him move a lucrative player when they were so desperate for money.
This offseason I hoped that he would accomplish more and get the Mets back on track. Let us take a look at the offseason checklist:
|Extend Your “Marquee Player” David Wright
|Extend or Trade Your Cy Young Winner R.A. Dickey
|Add a Righty Bat to the Outfield (Preferably With Power)
|Add a Righty Outfield/Utility Bat
|Add a Righty Platoon-mate for Josh Thole
|Retool the Bullpen
So… Alderson goes to the meetings, gauges interest in R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese, makes a lot of noise and the Mets come home without anything new accomplished. Now, the Mets could extend R.A. Dickey or trade him now that the meetings are done, but supposing that they don’t and he goes into the season without a new deal, I’ll call that a fail. Alderson could also still nab a Cody Ross or Scott Hairston but really? The Mets are no closer to competing in 2013 and no better equipped for 2014 and 2015.
Well… they did sign David Wright.
Yes, step one was most thoroughly accomplished. David Wright will play through the heart of his career with the Mets and that is great. Frankly, it’s good that the Mets have their infield in order for the foreseeable future but I have a question for you, when was the last time you recall a complete Met outfield that you felt confidence in? 1988? (Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds, Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson) I’m not sure the Mets have had a solid outfield in a long time but I’m pining for the years of Carlos Beltran, Cliff Lee and Mike Cameron and I wonder how close the Mets were to impact prospects being offered and I further wonder if Alderson was ever serious about trading R.A. Dickey or if it was a calculated move to keep the Mets in the news.
The winter meetings are over and I’m left with questions:
- Why did we take a pass on Destin Hood in the Rule 5?
- Could the Mets actually get Wil Myers for R.A. Dickey? Or were the Royals truly asking for Zack Wheeler AND Jon Niese?
- Is Scott Hairston really the best outfielder we’re going to look at?
- Will R.A. Dickey leave as a Free Agent the same way Jose Reyes did?
I’ve given Mr. Alderson some leeway but his window of opportunity for fixing the team and establishing “his” plan for the Mets. All things considered I believe that the Met fans will turn on Alderson if there is no success in 2013 and that the Wilpons will turn on him by the end of 2014. The silver lining is that he’s not done anything lastingly negative as Omar Minaya had.