Yes it sucks to be a Mets fan - THERE I SAID IT !!
In the last four days most of the fan base has been put through the ringer with the three most hated word in the Englis language – posturing, conjecture and speculation.
Over the weekend the media inundated us with the usual Mets related “news” . You know- the 2012 payroll will be closer to 100 million dollars, the Mets laid off 10 percent of their non player related workforceand oh yes the front office will entertain offers for David Wright.
HUH !?! EXCUSE ME !!??!! Trade David Wright ?!?!
Yes my friends in this day and age of contracted revenue and a non-existant Wilpon warchest almost any player that has a pulse will be subject to trade rumors. Will David Wright be traded before the first pitch of the ’12 season ? I seriously doubt it. If David is traded, it will either be done in the middle of the ’12 season or sometime during the ’13 season if his trade value is still high.
Next on the agenda is a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Heyman is reporting that the Mets are expected to tender Angel Pagan a contract. I have stated that I would hope that Sandy Alderson would decide to non-tender Angel instead of allocating 4-5 million dollars on a player who is rated as more of a fourth outfielder, but ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that if the Mets do re-sign Pagan, they will then try to trade him.
Heyman also tweeted yesterday that Chris Capuano is looking for atleast a two year deal at a higher salary than he made last year (1.5 million plus incentives). I am on record as saying that the Mets would have a tough time re-signing Cappy. He proved to be relativly durable after suffering from shoulder problems over the past few seasons. I doubt he will give the Mets a discount, so I doubt he will be in the Mets rotation next season.
Next up are the reports that the Mets will more than likely try to sign free agents to one year contracts. This should neither surprise us nor should it outrage us because this is the same philosiphy that Alderson implemented last season. The Mets will more than likely sign players that are coming off of injury looking to prove they can still play – see Chris Young. Look this team is in dire financial straits, if you thoughtthis team was going to kick the tires on a C.J Wilson or bid on the services of Yu Darvish then please pass the hash pipe.
Lastly are the reports that the Florida Marlins have contacted Jose Reyes in hopes that he will sign with them. In my opinion it is a foregone conclusion that the bunt base hit that I saw in game 162 last season would be Jose’s last hit as a Met. It speaks volumes about the teams financial status when it seems like they wont have the money to retain one of the best players to ever come from their farm system. I admit that I am torn here. I would love Jose to stay in Flushing, but at the same time I can’t justify a contract longer than four years for him. But the thing that would bother me more is if he did sign with the Marlins – a team that finished worse than us last season because their first round pick is protected, which means the Mets would get the Marlins second round pick as well as a supplemental pick in next seasons draft.
It remains to be seen what moves Alderson and the front office are able ( or allowed ) to make in the coming months. All I know is with roughly 60-70 million dollars already commited to payroll and only about 20-25 million left to spend they better do their due dilligence in trying to field a better produc next season, because if this team punts ’12 early on, well I would expect the belt tightening moves to continue
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The longest tenured Mets player of all time, first baseman/ outfielder, Ed Kranepool is 67 (1944). Kranepool played with the Mets from ’62-’79 and still holds the franchise’s all time hit record.
Reserve infielder from the ’05 season, José Offerman is 43 (1968).
Reserve outfielder from the ’99 season, Shane Halter is 42 (1969) .
Beloved Mets second baseman/third baseman, Edgardo Alfonzo is 38 (1973). Edgardo was quite possibly the best hitting second baseman this team ever knew.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bob Johnson to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder, Art Shamsky on November 8, 1967. It was one of the key moves that helped the Mets to become World Series champs in 1969.
The Mets granted catcher, John Stearns free agency on November 8, 1984. Stearns was one of the most popular Mets during the lean years of the late ’70′s and early ’80′s. He would later be a third base coach for the Mets.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed right fielder, Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 8, 1990. This was a tough day for the Mets fan base. Darryl was one of the most important faces from those teams from the ’80′s, and losing him sent the team into a tailspin that lasted almost 7 years.
The Anaheim Angels signed utility infielder, David Lamb of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 8, 2000.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, José Parra on November 8, 2004.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed reserve outfielder, Prentice Redman of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 8, 2005.
Mo Vaughn was thinking about becoming a minority investor with the Mets. But after a lot of soul searching ( and also sobering up from the beer fueled binge the night before), he rethought this hair-brained plan !