Over the past week the Mets have been relatively quiet with the exception of a few minor moves. These moves included the signing of outfielder Jaimie Hoffman; pitchers Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, and Wanel Mesa; and yesterday’s trade with Oakland for backup middle infielder Brandon Hicks. The Mets also signed rehabbing middle reliever Tim Byrdak to a minor league deal.
So of course every time one of these transactions was announced a flood of sarcasm flooded the Twitterverse. Venom and nastiness were bandied in the direction of Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson for making these moves while the cries for just getting David Wright and R.A Dickey signed grew even louder.
Note to my fellow Mets fans – PLEASE STOP !!! The moves that were made in the past week are minor moves – moves to help round out the Mets minor league rosters, and quite possibly to find that diamond in the rough like Dickey was. Remember R.A Dickey was a nobody before he came to the Mets?!? I was one of the many who ridiculed the signing, and look how that turned out.
Look, I want to see the Mets get the ball rolling on improving the team, but in regards to the Wright/Dickey contract talks, well that’s going to take as long as it has to to resolve itself – and it might not resolve itself with the outcomes that we desire.
I want to see the Mets fill the holes behind the plate and in the bullpen as well as in the outfield also but like I have said on many of occasion of late – don’t expect the Mets to either sign or trade for a long term solution unless Dickey is dealt.
This team in still on teetering on a “fiscal cliff” and even though they have freed up much needed money with the restructured Jason Bay buyout, it just wont be enough to get the caliber of player we desire.
So please just take a step back, take a deep breath and relax. We are just one week away from the Winter Meetings, and hopefully by next Thursday there will be a clearer picture on how next season’s roster will look. And if the Mets are quiet or if they are not able to lock up either Wright, Dickey – or both, then don’t blame Alderson – he’s doing his best with the resources he has been given .
Instead blame Fred and Jeff !!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from the ’68 season Bill Short is 75 (1937).
Reserve outfielder from the ’87 season Randy Milligan is 51 (1961).
Middle reliever from the ’10 season Raul Valdes is 35 (1977).
The New York Mets traded pitching prospect Bill Denehy to the Washington Senators for manager Gil Hodges on November 27, 1967. This is definitely one of the most important moments in Mets history.
The New York Mets traded left fielder Tommie Agee to the Houston Astros for reserve outfielder Rich Chiles and pitcher Buddy Harris on November 27, 1972 .Harris never would go on to play for the Mets.
The New York Mets traded middle relievers Brent Strom and Bob Rauch to the Cleveland Indians for middle reliever Phil Hennigan on November 27, 1972.
The Boston Red Sox signed closer Skip Lockwood of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 27, 1979. Could you really blame Skip?
The New York Mets signed free agent first baseman Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 27,1991. Although Murray played well in his two seasons with the Mets, his signing was the unofficial beginning of “The Worst Team Money Could Buy” era.
The New York Mets traded middle reliever Jerry Dipoto to the Colorado Rockies for starting pitcher Armando Reynoso on November 27, 1996.
New York Mets traded Rico Brogna to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland on November 27, 1996. Exactly one year later, Jordan would sign as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds.
Mo Vaughn is a genius of himself!!!