It seems like everywhere I turn – whether it is the television, radio, sports blogs or social networking sites I see the same questions popping up .
“Why are the Mets so quiet?” or ” How come the Mets haven’t signed any player of note by now ?”
Trust me when I admit that I often get discouraged ( and go to my unhappy place) when I see a player who could potentially help the Mets signs elsewhere. Would I have liked to see the Mets go after Paplebon, Nathan or Broxton ? Sure I would – just not for the type of cash laden contracts that they signed for. Do I want the Mets to end up signing Matt Caps, Francisco Cordero, Ocatvio Dotel or a Jon Rauch ? Not really but who knows maybe they have enough in the tank to help the Mets get somewhere close to .500 next season.
The painful fact is that payroll is being slashed by almost 50 million dollars. The Wilpons are either unable – or unwilling at this point to field a team with a higher tier payroll. You want to cry bitch and moan that the Mets are a big market team with a mid market payroll – don’t blame Alderson , he’s doing the best he can with the limited resources he has been given. The blame has to fall on ownership – who were either unwillingly duped by a hedge fund king or were knowing participants in his scheme( that is for the courts to decide). The fact of the matter is for the foreseeable future this team will have very little payroll flexibility, and unless either the young guns on the farm develop quickly enough to help this team in the next few seasons, or a acquisitions of low risk/high reward players help this team to surge in the standings- well Citi Field will remain the latest incarnation of Grant’s Tomb.
And all of us fans will be on the edge.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets ace starting pitcher from the late ’70′s to early ’80′s, Craig Swan is 61 (1950).
Mets pitcher from ’78-’80, Juan Berenguer is 57 (1954). He had a long career in the majors. It lasted 14 years and he played on six different teams.
Mets hitting coach from ’01-’02, Dave Engle is 55 (1956).
Reserve outfielder from the ’01 season, Matt Lawton is 40 (1971).
The New York Yankees drafted reserve outfielder, Duke Carmel from the Mets on November 30, 1964.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Joe Christopher to the Boston Red Sox for utility infielder, Ed Bressoud on November 30, 1965.
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Ralph Terry on November 30, 1966.
The Washington Senators drafted third baseman, Joe Foy from the Mets on November 30, 1970. Yes the Joe Foy era” only lasted one season – but unfortunately the “Jim Fregosi era” was about to begin !
The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Dave Marshall to the San Diego Padres for pitcher, Al Severinsen on November 30, 1972. Severinsen never pitched a single inning for the Mets.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Elliott Maddox of the Baltimore Orioles on November 30, 1977. This would be the Mets second foray into the free agent market. While the Yankees were signing players such as “Catfish” Hunter and Reggie Jackson, the Mets signed Maddox and Tom Hausman.
The New York Mets traded second baseman, Fernando Vina and minor leaguer, Javier Gonzales to the Milwaukee Brewers for middle reliever, Doug Henry on November 30, 1994.
The Baltimore Orioles signed Chad Bradford of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 30, 2006. And so Omar made the first in a series of missteps which would end up sending the Mets into the abyss in which we find ourselves now.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for outfielder, Ryan Church and catcher, Brian Schneider on November 30, 2007. Not that Lastings was destined to be a breakout star, but this trade had the earmark of being a disaster which ended up coming to be.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reserve infielder, Argenis Reyes on November 30, 2007. He was good in a limited playing role, but when he started to falter when his playing time was increased .
Mo Vaughn wishes that he was “Hermie” from ” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” !