It sometimes feels, as a Met fan, that the team isn’t interested in fan loyalty. The 2017 Mets were a steep and crushing disappointment. Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes all were banged up and underperforming. Noah Syndergaard was injured early in the year and Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz seemed to all regress. The Mets seemed poised for a big year that didn’t come.
Now the Mets seemed poised to challenge the Marlins for worst team in the NL East. The team is another year older and, while Syndergaard and others will return, the Mets offense remains a stagnant mediocre mess.
Now, I am just one dissenting voice in the blog-o-sphere but I challenge any Met fan to claim that the 2018 season looks rosey and bright. The Yankees, Phillies and Braves have all gotten better, the Nationals are firmly the best team in the National League East and the Marlins are in a full-blown rebuild mode.
What makes matters worse, for me, is that the Mets management seems to forget that the office moves they make matter. I’ve been slow to criticize Sandy Alderson but I fail to see anything that he’s done to earn an extension to his contract and I’m certainly not pleased to be seeing Omar Minaya back with the team.
It feels like the Wilpons have an offseason playbook of all the ways to piss their fans off.
Step 1: Have your GM makes statements about lowering payroll from last season
Step 2: Sit idly while free agents who could help the team go elsewhere
Step 3: Extend underperforming bureaucrats
Step 4: Bring back a hated former General Manager
Step 5: Seek to trade players for “Salary Relief”
Now, the Mets still have time to crush that coal into diamonds, but that window is closing fast. Mike Moustakas is still an option, the Mets could even work out a deal with their rival marlins to bring in players like Christian Yelich and/or J.T. Realmuto. They could even offer to take Starlin Castro off their hands.
It’s still possible to give the fans the presents that they crave. I only hope that some ghosts visited the Wilpons late last night and made them see the error of their ways.
For me? Well… it’s time I started working on my Top Prospects for 2018.