Yesterday Jeff Wilpon made some comments about the upcoming offseason and the future of Mets baseball. What he said was nothing new and only added to the uncertainty over what this offseason will bring.
He listed David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese as the only players that are “locks” for the 2014 roster. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. Missing from this list was Daniel Murphy, but the front office has always been willing to trade Murphy under the right circumstances.
Wilpon restated the Mets ability to spend money this offseason and that Sandy Alderson isn’t handcuffed due to payroll constraints.
All of these statements continue to express the same things we have heard for the past three seasons. What will now make the difference is action.
Making these changes, adding to the roster and investing in the big league club will get fans to regain trust in the organization of the team. Fans are tired of sitting around, waiting and nothing happens. The past three off-seasons have seen no big time talent being brought into Flushing. The phrase “actions speak louder than words” sums up this situation.
If the Mets go into 2014 adding no new talent and keeping the same roster as 2013, fans will give up. Alderson asked for patience and time to get this plan into effect, but now he needs to produce. Fans, like me, decided to join in on this ride and give Alderson the time to fix this mess. But now, I’m tired of the excuses and the talking points. Jeff Wilpon’s comments only continue the media circus around the team and don’t add any value to this process.
What will make this all go away are actions. Bringing in talent and making the Mets better in 2014 is what can please fans who have stuck through this process. But, not making changes could alienate a fan base that is alright on the brink of giving up.
2014 has always been the year for change. Countless number of times we have heard that statement. We’ve heard it from Alderson and Wilpon and from the media. It’s not good enough to tell us what you are going to do, you have to do it. The only way to gain the trust of the fan base back is to make moves to make the team better. Now that doesn’t mean overpay for players, shell out big contracts and trade the farm away, but it means making meaningful acquisitions.
Come January, Sandy Alderson’s legacy as Mets General Manager will be cemented in stone based off of what he does this offseason. If he wants to keep a fan base, he better make it a good one.