An era of Mets baseball ended, when on late Sunday Jose Reyes decided to take his talents to South Beach and sign a lucrative deal with the Miami Marlins.
Then, late Tuesday night the Mets said goodbye to Angel Pagan, sending him to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for center fielder Andres Torres and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez. That night, they also secured the services of relief pitchers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch.
Since Alderson has taken over as Mets GM he has dealt Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Angel Pagan and decided to let Reyes walk. He also dumped Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez quicker than a New York minute.
So, while Alderson’s moves may not be that popular, he is clearly molding the team in his image.
Some Mets’ fans will not be happy with his philosophies, as this is a “what have you done for me lately?” kind of town. We all want immediate satisfaction. We don’t have the patience to let things work themselves out and have faith in the process.
You can be legitimately angry at what the Wilpon’s have turned the Mets into. Yes, the Mets are a three-ring circus because of some of the moves the Wilpon’s have made in the past. But, this is not Alderson’s first rodeo and to that extension the Mets’ ownership is more to blame-not him.
Of course, the loss of Reyes stings to the core. No one is going to argue this. There is only so much consoling you can do before you have to turn the page. You are going to have hard time replicating his production on the field.
However, where the loss of Reyes hurts most is his impact off the field. His presence on the club helped in selling tickets, drumming up casual fan interest and bringing an overall sense of excitement and energy to Citi Field.
Some Mets’ fans won’t forgive the franchise for not putting in a concerted effort to re-sign Reyes. That much I can understand, but what I think Alderson did here was cut off his nose to spite his face.
Alderson has a plan. You may not like it, and odds are you don’t since the plan didn’t involve keeping Reyes. The plan is clearly to save money, restock the farm system, and trade for younger, cheaper prospects while instilling a new sense of culture.
The arrivals of Torres, Ramirez, Francisco and Rauch will not put butts in seats next year. Mets’ brass will concede that much. 2012 will definitely be a year of transition. The moves being made now are to make this club a young, competitive and up-and-coming team by 2013. By then, the Mets could be on the verge of counting on the young talented arms they have in the minors in Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.
By that time, we should also know where players like Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada fit in the long-term plans of the Mets. Not to mention where other minor league players fit in like Jordany Valdespin, Brandon Nimmo, Cesar Puello and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The wild-card here is what the Mets will do with David Wright.
He is still a marquee name and a cornerstone player the Mets were built on along with Reyes. Wright’s name continues to be involved in trade talks, but nothing has come to fruition yet. However, it seems inevitable that Wright is in his final years with the Mets.
The theme for the 2012 Mets should be reshape, restock and reorganize. That, of course, will not sit well with the fans, but for the Mets to go to the level they eventually want to get to they have to take it on the chin this year.
By 2013, the team will likely be on a path that Alderson will be comfortable with. By then, he can add potential difference makers off the free agent market and make this team what it should be: a team centralized on home-grown talent who will be able to sustain success based on savvy talent evaluators and strong-willed leaders.
There should be no more talk of collapses, player discontent and general upheaval. Talk should now be centered on new possibilities and a fresh new attitude.
So, while the 2012 Mets’ will likely disappoint the masses, the moves being made now have far more reaching ramifications that will impact the long-term future of the Mets.
It may not be fun times at Citi Field this year, but down the line the pieces should be in place for a bright future.