That may be a bit of any overstatement, but Mets fans will disagree. Matt Harvey will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, in order to determine if his elbow will require Tommy John surgery. If the surgery is needed, Harvey would miss the entire 2014 season.
Harvey missing an entire season, when everything seemed to be looking up, would deal a huge blow to a fan-base and to “The Plan” that Sandy Alderson was supposed to enact this offseason. According to Alderson, that plan hasn’t changed but that is without the full story on the extent of Harvey’s injury.
So, for a fan base and a team that has been on eggshells since the announcement about Harvey’s injury, Monday can’t come soon enough. The sooner that a decision can be made, the better it is for the team. Now being without Harvey for next year would completely alter the decision making process Alderson would need to make this offseason. Money that was going to go to re-tooling this lineup might need to be invested in a veteran starter for the back end of the rotation. Any pitching prospects that were rumored to be available in return for a big bat might be a little harder to trade.
But the Mets have one thing going for them and that is the depth of the pitching in the system. A popular phrase in baseball is “You can never have enough pitching” and that is so true in this situation. Having guys like Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard in the minors can help fill the giant hole that would be there.
Alderson is a creative GM and knows how to make it work. 2014 can still be a year where the Mets take that next step and spend money on the lineup. This shouldn’t be a reason to call off spending money. It just means Alderson needs to get more creative in the way he does it.
By having this question mark hovering over the future of the Mets, it hinders Alderson’s ability to gauge what type of moves he has to make. Knowing this front office, they have two plans ready: one for the team with Harvey in 2014 and one with the team not having Harvey in 2014.
All this does is complicate and already complicated off-season. But, hopefully after Monday this nightmare that fans have can at least have some sort of ending. Either way Monday is the day that the cogs get going and Alderson has begins to work his magic for 2014. Hang on folks, the offseason just got a lot bumpier.