I along with almost every other blogger, columnist and prognosticator have been rather underwhelmed with the current state of the Mets. Payroll has been trimmed from 140 million dollars to the current 90 odd million dollars.
Fans are disillusioned with an ownership group that appears to place their own survival in front of fielding a winning team ( once again I stress that I don’t blame Sandy Alderson), and they are bracing themselves for another sub .500 finish.
So here is a list scenarios that could play out during the season. At the end of the 2012 season I will revisit this list to see if any of these scenarios have come to fruition.
Would it surprise you if David Wright is gone by the trade deadline – plummeting the Mets payroll closer to the 75 million dollar range ?
Would it surprise you if Ike Davis matured into the 40 homer 120 R.B.I guy we hope he becomes ?
Would it surprise you if Mike Pelfrey wins close to 17 wins ? On the other hand would you be surprised if he lost 17 ?
Would you be surprised if Lucas Duda could hit home runs like Dave Kingman – but fielded like him also ?
Would it surprise you if Johan Santana lasted the entire season without injury ?
Would it surprise you to see either Mets prospects Jenrry Mejia or Matt Harvey in the Mets rotation by seasons end ?
Would it surprise you if Jose Reyes re-injures his hamstrings – forcing him to sit out huge chunks of the Marlins season – or would it surprise you if he became the National League M.V.P ?
Would it surprise you if the Wilpon’s were forced to sell the team by mid-season?
Would it surprise you if the Mets won 81 games or better ?
On the other hand would it surprise you if the Mets won closer to 75 games and Citi Field had once again become Grants tomb ?
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
The New York Mets traded pitcher, Tim Leary to the Kansas City Royals for Frank Wills on January 18, 1985. Leary was one projected to be the ace of the Mets pitching staff, but he injured his arm in his major league debut which required surgery.Even though he ended up having a long career, he never did live up to the tag of “pitching phenom”.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Aaron Ledesma to the California Angels for minor league outfielder, Kevin Flora on January 18, 1996.
-The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Roberto Hernandez on January 18, 2005. He spent 1- 1/2 seasons with the Mets – finishing with a combined record of 8-6 with a E.R.A of 2.79.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed reserve outfielder, Jeremy Reed of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 18, 2010. In his lone season with the Mets, Reed battled .242 with 9 RBIs.
Mo Vaughn plans on attending visiting Port St Lucie for Spring Training. Watch out there are rumblings that he plans on signing up for a few wet t-shirt contests while he is down there !!!