Well yesterday Sandy Alderson conducted a conference call with the New York sports media, and by all accounts Mets fans everywhere should take deep breath, hold it – and then let it out , because contrary to the reports from disgruntled Mets fans, Sandy is a man with a plan – it is just not the plan most of us Mets fans were expecting and many will not be open minded enough to process his plan.
We have already been conditioned by both the media and Alderson himself not to expect any big named free agents to be imported this coming off season, but he has guaranteed that the Mets will come back from the Winter Meetings “with some new players,” this report was filed by New York Post Mets beat writer,Mike Puma (via Twitter).
According to M.L.B.com’s Anthony DiComo, Alderson also dispelled the rumors that they have offered contracts to free-agent pitchers Chris Young and Jeff Frances (via Twitter). Young and Francis are coming back from arm surgeries and have not pitched that many innings in the last couple of years. So if the Mets did sign them they would definitely be low risk/ high reward pitcher. They could be good fits at Citi Field which plays to the strengths of pitchers.
Alderson said that he expects to go down to see Oliver Perez pitch in the Mexican Winter League and added that Perez will more than likely be reporting to o Spring Training.
Alderson said that the Mets will not get bogged down with players and their agents on talks of contract extensions before Spring Training, Which means players such as Jose reyes and R.A Dickey might have to wait until the middle of the season or after the season ends to get contract negotiations underway.
For all the Mets fans out there that are depressed and muttering to themselves that this is a “cheap ” organization, I say it’s time to get a dose of reality. The Mets really only have themselves to blame. Yes they have a limited budget to spend this off season, but this is payback for the past few seasons where they went after one big name free agent and then tried to patch up their other holes with third rate players. IIt is mostly Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon’s faults that this team is financially hamstrung. When you dole out money to players that do not play up to their contracts and then refuse to take a minor league assignment to straighten yourself out ( Perez). Or sulk that you aren’t playing as much as you want to – but when you are penciled into the lineup you play like there is a steaming hot turd in your pants (Castillo) well don’t expect sympathy from me or anyone else in the Mets fans base.
Face the facts, the Mets want to keep their payroll at or close to 140 million dollars. We have know for years that they are adverse to going anywhere near the gravitational pull of the luxury tax threshold. And the fact that there weren’t many warm bodies in the seats at Citi Field from mid August on hasn’t helped their financial bottom line either. So Sandy has been brought in to try to fix this organization, and it looks like he is making the tough choices and he is standing by them – where Omar would have buckled to the pressure of the fan base to make a move just to appease us fans. I feel that by the end of Spring Training that Alderson and newly hired Mets manager, Terry Collins will be fielding a Mets team that will perform better than the teams of the last two season have . Hey they might just be in the thick of the pennant race and Wilpons vaults may be opened so that we can afford to get a player that could help us down the home stretch. But we have to face the facts, there will be more than 60 million dollars coming off the Mets payroll next season- which in essence mean that the Mets are almost certain to be major players when the next off season comes. Just be patientt – for Sandy is the man with the plan !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets Alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
Utility man from the ’83 season, Tucker Ashford is 56 (1954) .
One time Mets prized outfield prospect, Stan Jefferson is 48 (1962) . He recently retired from the N.Y.P.D.
One time outfield prospect who was a key piece in the Johan Santana deal, Carlos Gomez is 25 (1985) .
New York Mets traded pitcher, Jack DiLauro to the Detroit Tigers for minor leaguer, Hector Valle on December 4, 1968.
Kansas City Royals signed reliever, Dan Schatzeder of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 4, 1990.
Boston Red Sox drafted pitcher, Joe Crawford from the Mets on December 4, 1995.
New York Mets traded power hitting outfielder, Butch Huskey to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer, Lesli Brea on December 4, 1998. Huskey will always be a fan favorite, but his lack of consistancywith the bat punched his ticket out of town.
New York Mets traded reliever, Willie Blair to the Detroit Tigers for infielder/outfielder, Joe Randa on December 4, 1998.
New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher ,Gustavo Molina ( from the catching Molina family ) of the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2007.
New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher, Raul Casanova on December 4, 2007.
New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher, Henry Blanco of the San Diego Padres on December 4, 2009. It still remains to be seen if we bring him back for next season.
And while you are spending the day raking leaves or watching college football just remember , there are just 118 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 125 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn has been sighted going into the dressing room of the local Joyce Leslie be himself with a teal cocktail dress !! I say draw your own conclusions , I SURE AS HELL WON’T !!!