As I was packing for a three day mini vacation to Atlantic City (call it a mini sabbatical from everything Mets) I started wondering how the next general manager of the Mets had to distance himself from the previous regime and put his own unique stamp on this franchise that is in flux.
Does he have to consider trading either Reyes Wright or Beltran ? Do the walls of Citi Field come in? Does he/she have to sign a high ticket free agent ala Cliff Lee? What does the next G.M. have to do to prove to the fans that he has the free reign to make whatever decisions that he/she feels best suits this franchise without the perceived meddling from ownership ?
I think first and foremost it will come down to whoever is hired as the next manager of the Mets. I believe that it is safe to say that it will be a long shot that Bobby Valentine will be a long shot to replace Jerry Manuel, and I think Wally Backman will only get a courtesy interview for the job.Remember when Frank Cashen took the job, he evaluated Joe Torre for two season before deciding he wasn’t the right man to manage his team. So what did he do? He brought in people that he was familiar with. First was George Bamberger who tried his best with a team that was still filled with ” talent ” left over from the last regime along with some up and coming talent ( Mookie, Jesse). Davy Johnson was also a Cashen crony. Remember Cashen was the Baltimore g.m during the late ’60′s and Johnson was one of his players. So I think it is safe to say that the whoever is the team will hire some one that he is familiar with to pilot this team . It might not be a sexy name but it might turn out to the right name.
The next thing the new G.M will have to do to mold the Mets roster into a winning team is that he must get rid of the rot that permeates the roster. If he can’t find creative ways to trade away Oliver Perez or Luis Castillo, then he must force ownership to bite the bullet and eat those bad contracts. One of the problems is that while Oliver was being being used as the human Halley’s Comet, it made the Mets into 24 plus one team ( where did we hear that term used before ? ). It will probably be easier to move Castillo via a trade than it will Perez,but all attempts must be made in order to quell the anger of the fans. I believe that the Mets will try hard to deal Ollie during the winter months, but it will hinge on how he performs in winter ball. If he shows that he has regained life on his fastball and his command has improved then it will be easier to trade him. If not I expect him to be released during spring training.
Lastly the Mets have the lucky thirteenth pick in next season amateur draft. It thankfully is a protected pick , so if the Mets do sign a type A free agent they won’t have to surrender it. But this will be very telling of how much power the next g.m will wield. If he takes the best player available and pays over slot I think it will signal that ownership along with the front office will have adopted a new philosophy in regards of how their organization is run.
So whether the next g.m of the Mets will be Jon Daniels, Rick Hahn,Kim Ng or John Hart, he or she will have some tough decisions to make in regards to the teams roster. And he/she will have a tougher job convincing the fan base that they are making the right decisions to improve this team.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Celebrating Birthdays today are:
The fifth manager in Mets history,Joe Frazier is 88 today (1922) .
The best defensive catcher in Mets history,Jerry Grote is 68 (1942) .
One of the main stays of the Mets pitching rotation from ’69-’72, Gary Gentry is 64 (1946) .
Reserve outfielder from the ’75 season,Gene Clines is 64(1946) .
Spot starter/ middle reliever from ’95-’96, Robert Person is 41 (1969) .
The Mets secret weapon from ’06, Darren Oliver is 40 (1970) .
New York Mets signed international free agent, utility man, Ted Martinez on October 6, 1966.
Mo Vaughn has set up residence in the Acella Club after his mansion burned down in s s’mores experiment gone wrong!