Front office assembled
Scouting department overhauled: check
Manager hired : check
Okay so Sandy Alderson has finally assembled his inner circle of confidants along with a manager with the heart of a drill sergeant ( Terry Collins) , so now it is time for him to roll up his sleeves and get to work , because the easy part is over, the challenge of turning this team of underachieving players whose attitudes reek of entitlement will loom large.
I feel that Alderson must be the anti Minaya whose focus on targeting one player at a time while better players signed elsewhere ( Wolf, Garland) came back to bite him on the ass. No Alderson will have to keep the channels of communication open with both agents and his fellow general managers alike. He has to solidify a starting rotation that will be lacking our ace, Johan Santana for a indeterminable period of time. He also needs to shore up the leaky pen. It would be nice to see some new blood at second base, but I will be content with a Murphy/Tejada platoon if the cut rate price of those two helps to land a quality mid level free agent.
I am hoping Sandy can force the Wilpons to hold their noses while the sign the papers that will cut the bloated contracts of both Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo , realizing that irregardless that money is lost forever. I am hoping that Alderson can either trade for or sign a reasonably priced back up catcher to help mentor Josh Thole .
I just hope that by the time spring training ends I will have a much better sense of what next seasons team will be about.
Because I like my fellow Mets brethren desperately want to see winning baseball in Citi Field next season.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni Celebrating Birthdays today are:
One time Yankees and Mets pitcher, Bob Friend is 80 today (1930) .
Middle reliever from ’94-’95 Jason Jacome is 40 (1970) .
Sadly on this day in ’03 pitching legend and one time Mets player/coach, Warren Spahn passed away along with Mets coach from the ’77 team, Tom Burgess in 2008.
New York Mets traded back up first baseman/ outfielder, Dave Gallagher to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher, Pete Smith on November 24, 1993.
New York Mets traded first baseman, Mike Jacobs, along with minor league prospects, Yusmiero Petit and Grant Psomas to the Florida Marlins for power hitting first baseman, Carlos Delgado on November 24, 2005. Delgado was the key to the Mets success in ’06 . Too bad the rumors of him being a clubhouse cancer combined with his hip problems helped to start this team in the nose dive that hopefully has ended.
And while you are running through the isles of your local grocery store, trying to find the canned yams that will finish your shopping for Thanksgiving – just remember that there are just 128 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and there is only 135 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn will be eating tofurkey tonight in preperation for the real thing tomorrow !!!