…the Mets are finally getting it.
Let’s face facts: our orange & blue heroes probably won’t be contending in 2011.
There. I said it.
With the roster as presently constituted, coupled with the competition in the suddenly intimidating NL East – let’s be real: 2006 was a looooong time ago – the road to October ’11 looks quite long, indeed. It will take some major overachieving on the part of the boys from Queens, as well as a fairly substantial meltdown by the Phillies. We can only sit idly by and envy Cy One, Cy Two, Cy Three, Cy Four and Cy Five being trotted out on a daily basis down good ol’ I-95. And this doesn’t even take into account the very likely scenario that Atlanta will repeat their consistent – if unspectacular – 2010 performance, or a breakout by a team-on-the-come down in DC. It COULD just seem all too daunting to this fan. It doesn’t.
I will gladly sacrifice 2011 on the altar of retrenchment, rebooting and resurrecting. “For what profiteth a man who gains 2011 and loses the entire 20-teens?” The loudest shouts on conventional sports talk radio and many in the MSM have been ridiculing the Mets’ action – such as it is – as being woefully inadequate for this season. Sure, we could have signed Cliff Lee to a larger contract than the Phils gave him, but to what end? Would Lee have put the Mets into the hunt instantly? Would selling the entire farm to KC – assuming they actually, y’know, WANTED any of the Mets’ bushers – for Zach Greinke assured a playoff spot? Would finally landing the O-Dog (Orlando Hudson) for second hassock put us over the top? We’ll never know, of course, by my money says, “No way.” Maybe all three events might have, but we all knew from Jump Street that THAT was never going to happen. There were far too many problems/holes/question marks for one simple signing to handle. Past regimes would not have recognized this fact. Prior administrations had grand reputations for throwing cash at the most glaring issue, then crossing fingers and praying Novenas for the other supposedly “minor” questions that lingered – issues that would inevitable jump up & bite us in the butt before very long.
Kudos to Messers Alderson, Ricciardi & DePodesta for not listening. Bravo for recognizing that what is…well…is. Thank you for not insulting our intelligence by hiding behind a shower of gold. The pickups of Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz are exactly the kind of moves the Moneyball Boys SHOULD be making: Two pitchers with great reputations returning from injuries/surgeries, therefore, inexpensive for now, but who could yield some pretty large dividends down the road. Think R.A. Dickey.
Now, if we can just pack Ollie Perez off somewhere – somewhere we don’t have to pay him – and sink his $12 million into the draft…
A man can dream can’t he?