Gearing up for another winter of discontent

Wait ’till next year.  That is a phrase usually associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers of a certain era.  An era when they were frequent National League champions, or constantly competing for the top spot in the NL at the very least as they were for the better part of their final 16 years in Brooklyn.  Simply put, the Brooklyn faithful could set their September and October schedules months in advance around the Dodgers being in meaningful September games, and eventually the World Series.

 

Somehow this phrase has been co-opted to be used by franchises with recent dismal or mediocre performances but with a glimmer of hope around the corner.  The thing is, usually there are reasons behind the hope beyond young stars blossoming and surprising performances from players previously considered AAAA quality or worse ballplayers, and that is why this offseason needs to be a strong one for the Met front office.

 

Right now, since no non-waiver deadline moves were made, needs to be a time of player, and even manager, evaluation.  Decisions as to who should stay or go should be made in the next few months.  While some have probably been made already there are decisions that probably should be considered.

 

For example, is Ike Davis playing out his final months as a Met?  And if so, what value could he bring in an offseason move?  Ditto Marlon Byrd, as it is kind of surprising that he still has a locker in the home clubhouse at Citi Field.  Is it time for yet another overhaul of the bullpen?  Though we know how that works out sometimes with the crew brought in during the 2008-2009 offseason!  So maybe keep Bobby Parnell as an “in the mix guy” perhaps?  But other wise, it is time to bring in a better set of veteran relievers/spot starters.

 

Of course that brings up the 800 pound gorilla in the room, which incidentally is also something that is hampering the outfield corps as well considering Sandy Alderson’s statements about the production value of the outfield this past month, and possibly explains why deals weren’t made this week.  What exactly can the Mets afford to do this winter?  In past years “big splashes for the sake of making big splashes” have failed miserably, especially when it appeared the Mets were bidding against themselves several times; or when it seemed that the Mets were aiming to overspend for the best in a weak crop.  But there is the question of can the Mets even make drastic roster overhauls that don’t include promoting from within?

 

And the case of evaluation for Terry Collins and a possible replacement is also something that needs to be done as well.  One would probably consider that Collins is a lame duck skipper, but do the Mets promote from within?  Or wait to see what shakes down from managerial overhauls this offseason?  Does Collins even return?

 

A lot of various questions need to be addressed in the coming months by Alderson and his staff, if Met fans can be able to use “wait ’till next year” in proper context.

8 comments for “Gearing up for another winter of discontent

  1. Jerry Grote
    August 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The Brooklyn Dodgers, of course, were frequently losing the last game of the World Series when that phrase got attached to the team.

    From where I’m sitting, I’d be happy to get turned into a perennial WS loser. Of course, “where I’m sitting” is Buffalo NY, so I know a little bit about that condition.

    • NormE
      August 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Jerry Grote,
      As a former NYer and Brooklyn Dodger fan, I know where you are coming from. Old age teaches us that everything is relative. Thus, being in Buffalo is still better than being in Rochester or Syracuse. At least you don’t have to put up with the Wilpons screwing around with you AAA franchise. And you probably have warm thoughts of Jim Kelly and some very good hockey players of the past.

    • Chris F
      August 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH

      That was priceless JG.

  2. Name
    August 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The content of the article doesn’t really fit with the article title… or am I missing something?

  3. August 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Collins isn’t coming back. Met management would have given him an extension so as to not have him as a lame duck manager. If SA is able to sign a quality free agent outfielder, resolve problems at second,first base,shortstop,bullpen then the Met have a chance at a wild card. Other than that they have a chance. Almost forgot. How big will the payroll be next year? 80-85 million?

    • Eric
      August 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Not the impression I get but you may be right. I just think they may give him a shot with an improved team.

  4. Metsense
    August 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Primary goal is two corner outfielders that produce like Byrd. They are locked in with Wright and Murphy at 3B and 2B. They are average at CF if Lagares maintains his OPS, and 1B if they platoon Duda and Satin. d”Arnaud as a rookie will need to outproduce Buck’s #’s and the better he does that the better the 2014 Mets will be. SS is in need of an upgrade. Plenty of young arms as starters and relievers with a veteran or two in the bullpen. It will be discontent if we don’t get the two corner outfielders.

  5. August 3, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I don’t see the Mets locked in with Murphy at second base. To me he’s a DH without the power numbers. His defense is average to below average at times. Sometimes being adequate just isn’t enough. Can the Mets be better with Flores at second base?

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