If you look down to the sunny state of Florida, you will see a former New Yorker hard at work at a demolition site. No, its not one of the hard hat wearing type that eats their lunch on pillars of incomplete skyscrapers. And the site is not a bridge or old retirement home. Derek Jeter, longtime star for the New York Yankees, is currently pushing the destruction button on the Miami Marlins. As CEO and part owner of the team, Jeter has taken a team that had potential and hit restart.
When you looked at what the Marlins had, you couldn’t help but see potential. For them, it all started with the outfield. The outfield featured Marcel Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and of course the infamous slugger Giancarlo Stanton. If that outfield doesn’t satisfy your needs, add in Dee Gordon in the infield, and J.T Realmuto behind the plate. The team lacked starting pitching, as they finished 26th in team ERA.
I can’t wrap my mind around why Jeter would not want to build around Stanton. He is a generational player, and the most feared slugger in the league. With a plethora of starting pitching on the market, the Marlins could have been an interesting team this year. Now that the Marlins have traded away Stanton and Ozuna, other players are expected to be moved as well. Yelich is reportedly next on the list to be traded, and Realmuto has voiced his displeasure with the team. When Jeter held a town hall, Marlins fans were visibly upset. They are not the only upset fan base in the NL East.
Mets fans have always griped about the Wilpons and their obvious complacency with not spending to improve their team. Recently, Fred Wilpon has voiced his discontent that the Marlins traded Stanton to the Yankees. According to Mike Puma, Wilpon is “irate”. He isn’t the only one. Sadly for Wilpon and Mets fans, just feeling upset about a situation won’t do anything about it. The team is in difficult shape, and with reports of salary cuts coming, it could get even worse. So, why not blow the Mets up with where they stand?
To start, the rotation is an injury filled mess. The projected rotation is filled with injuries, and will either pitch at an elite level or be struck with injuries. It is a dice roll. In terms of the lineup, the team is a mix of veterans and youth. However, the team can’t expect to win by starting Asrubal Cabrera, David Wright, or even Steven Matz. The current state of this team is a mess.
You have pieces to build around in Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom, and Amed Rosario. Players like Yoenis Cespedes and A.J Ramos could be traded to bring in prospects to a bare farm system. If the Wilpons are not willing to put money into this team, which needs upgrades to be able to compete, there is no sense in letting this team stay the way it is. The Mets were a better candidate than the Marlins to be blown up, but don’t expect anything drastic to happen under the Wilpons.