I recently came across an article from way back in January of 2005 that discussed the dawn of these "New Mets". Here is a snippet from the article."There is a buzz surrounding the Mets these days, and it's not just among fans. Players across the league and in the amateur ranks now see that the team is serious about building toward a championship, and are eager to be a part of the process."Interesting right? Where players in the Pros and in the Amateurs see a team serious in building a championship and are eager to be a part of it. Seems like lately you can make an argument that now it's quite the opposite. You have rumors this past off season of players that just didn't want to play in NY and lately you are hearing rumblings that even executives don't find working for the Mets attractive. True or not the point is if said enough times the perception can sometimes become stronger than the reality but I am not writing this to discuss how the media can twist perception into a virtual reality.I want to discuss what happened with that original idea "Where players in the Pros and in the Amateurs see a team serious in building a championship and are eager to be a part of it." As the Mets come closer to the end of the season the rumors of the Mets seeking change and Omar Minaya's job as GM being top of the list of this change. I want to try and take a look back and try to see where did it all go wrong.By the way that snippet from the article I told you about are Omar Minaya's own words from an article he did for the New York Times back on 1/30/2005.In the article Minaya says, "The plan is to build a championship team based on pitching and defense, with youth, speed and athleticism, while re-emphasizing our scouting and player-development efforts. As for timing, we have a dual focus: on an immediate impact in 2005, but also on a sustained period of success. The plan involves not only changes on the field but also a change in the organization's overall mind-set and culture. " It goes on to say "Our solid core of young players - Beltran (27 years old), José Reyes (21), David Wright (22) and Kazuo Matsui (29), among others - provides a base for long-term success. These players embody the elements of our strategy for success. Within the next five to six years, we plan to add similar impact players from our minor league system, while our core players are still within their prime years. "OK so let's try and trim this down. A team based on pitching and defense, with youth, speed and athleticism while instilling a change in the organization's overall mind-set and culture. With the plan to add in the next five to six years players similar to there core players from the minor league system, while the core players are still within their prime years. Now let's see how the plan was implemented as the years went by.
Year 1 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2005 season
DatePlayerAmount
Nov 30, 2004Kris Benson3 year/$22.5M
Dec 15, 2004Ramon Castro1 year/$0.5M
Dec 17, 2004Pedro Martinez4 year/$53M
Dec 23, 2004Scott Strickland1 year/$0.65M
Jan 7, 2005Marlon Anderson1 year/min/lg/deal
Jan 10, 2005Miguel Cairo1 year/$0.9M
Jan 10, 2005Gerald Williams
Jan 13, 2005Carlos Beltran7 year/$119M
Jan 17, 2005Roberto Hernandez1 year/$0.65M
Jun 8, 2005Jose Offerman
Trades made before and during the 2005 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Jan 27, 2005Traded Ian Bladergroen (minors) to the Boston Red SoxReceived Doug Mientkiewicz and cash
Total Mets Payroll in 2005$ 101,305,821/1st in NL
Final Record in 200583/W - 79/L 3rd Place
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2005 season
PlayerRound
Michael A Pelfrey1st
Jonathon J Niese7th
Robert A Parnell9th
Joshua Thole13th
Fernando Martinezamateur free agent
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Year 2 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2006 season
DatePlayerAmount
Nov 29, 2005Billy Wagner4 year/$43M
Dec 12, 2005Julio Franco2 year/$2.2M
Dec 12, 2005Jose Valentin1 year/$0.912M
Dec 22, 2005Endy Chavez1 year/$0.5M
Dec 27, 2005Chad Bradford1 year/$1.4M
Jan 19, 2006Darren Oliver1 year/$0.6M
Feb 28, 2006Pedro Feliciano
Trades made before and during the 2006 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Nov 18, 2005Traded Mike Cameron to the San Diego PadresReceived Xavier Nady
Nov 24, 2005Traded Grant Psomas (minors), Mike Jacobs and Yusmeiro Petit to the Florida MarlinsReceived Carlos Delgado and cash.
Dec 5, 2005Traded Dante Brinkley (minors) and Gaby Hernandez (minors) to the Florida MarlinsReceived Paul Lo Duca
Jan 4, 2006Traded Tim Hamulack and Jae Weong Seo to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Received Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll
Jan 22, 2006Traded Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles.Received Jorge Julio and John Maine.
May 24, 2006Traded Jorge Julio to the Arizona DiamondbacksReceived Orlando Hernandez
Jul 31, 2006Traded Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Received Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
Total Mets Payroll in 2006$101,084,963/1st in NL
Final Record in 200697/W - 65/L 1st Place Lost NLCS (4-3)
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2006 season
PlayerRound
Joseph M Smith3rd
Daniel T Murphy13th
Ruben Tejadaamateur free agent
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Year 3 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2007 season
DatePlayerAmount
Nov 14, 2006Orlando Hernandez2 year/$12M
Nov 16, 2006Damion Easley1 year/$0.85M
Nov 21, 2006Moises Alou1 year/$7.5M/w-option
Dec 1, 2006Tom Glavine1 year/$7.5M
Jan 16, 2007Jorge Sosa1 year/$1.25M
Jan 25, 2007Scott Schoeneweis3 year/$10.8M
Mar 1, 2007Aaron Sele1 year/$1M
Trades made before and during the 2007 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Nov 15, 2006Traded Heath Bell and Royce Ring to the San Diego Padres.Received Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.
Dec 6, 2006Traded Brian Bannister to the Kansas City Royals.Received Ambiorix Burgos
Jul 30, 2007Traded Dustin Martin (minors) and Drew Butera to the Minnesota Twins.Received Luis Castillo.
Aug 20, 2007Traded Jose Castro (minors) and Sean Henry (minors) to the Cincinnati Reds.Received Jeff Conine.
Total Mets Payroll in 2007$115,231,663/1st in NL
Final Record in 200788/W - 74/L 2nd Place
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2007 season
PlayerRound
Lucas C Duda7th
Dillon Gee21st
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Year 4 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2008 season
DatePlayerAmount
Oct 31, 2007Damion Easley1 year/$0.95M
Nov 6, 2007Marlon Anderson2 years/$2.2M
Nov 16, 2007Ramon Castro2 years/$4.6M
Nov 19, 2007Luis Castillo4 years/$25M
Nov 30, 2007Argenis Reyes
Mar 13, 2008Fernando Tatis1 year/$0.56M
Trades made before and during the 2008 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Nov 30, 2007Traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals.Received Ryan Church and Brian Schneider.
Jan 5, 2008Traded Corey Coles (minors) and Ryan Meyers (minors) to the Chicago Cubs.Received Angel Pagan.
Feb 2, 2008Traded Deolis Guerra (minors), Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Minnesota Twins.Received Johan Santana.
Total Mets Payroll in 2008$137,793,376/1st in NL
Final Record in 200889/W - 73/L 2nd Place
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2008 season
PlayerRound
Isaac B Davis1st
Kirk R Nieuwenhuis3rd
Mark E Cohoon12th
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Year 5 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2009 season
DatePlayerAmount
Dec 9, 2008Francisco Rodriguez3 years/$37M
Dec 23, 2008Omir Santos
Jan 12, 2009Tim Redding1 year/$2.25M
Jan 13, 2009Alex Cora1 year/$2M
Jan 20, 2009Cory Sullivan1 year/$0.6M
Feb 2, 2009Oliver Perez3 years/$36M
Feb 14, 2009Livan Hernandez
Apr 5, 2009Gary Sheffield
Trades made before and during the 2009 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Dec 11, 2008traded Ezequiel Carrera (minors), Maikel Cleto (minors), Mike Carp, Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman and Jason Vargas to the Seattle Mariners and Joe Smith to the Cleveland Indians.Received Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed from the Seattle Mariners
Dec 12, 2008Traded Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks.Received Connor Robertson.
May 30, 2009Traded Ramon Castro and cash to the Chicago White Sox.Received Lance Broadway.
Jul 10, 2009Traded Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves.Received Jeff Francoeur.
Aug 25, 2009Traded Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox.The Boston Red Sox sent Chris Carter (October 7, 2009) and Eddie Lora (minors) (October 7, 2009) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.
Total Mets Payroll in 2009$149,373,987/1st in NL
Final Record in 200970/W - 92/L 4th Place
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2009 season
PlayerRound
Darrell Ceciliani4th
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Year 6 of plan
Free Agent signings made before and during the 2010 season
DatePlayerAmount
Nov 30, 2009Alex Cora1 year/$1.85M
Dec 4, 2009Henry Blanco1 year/$0.75M
Dec 17, 2009Ryota Igarashi2 years/$3M
Dec 21, 2009R.A. Dickey
Dec 29, 2009Jason Bay4 years/$66M
Jan 28, 2010Fernando Tatis1 year/$0.85M
Feb 11, 2010Hisanori Takahashi1 year/$1M
Feb 24, 2010Rod Barajas1 year/$0.5M
Trades made before and during the 2010 season
DatePlayer sent awayPlayer received
Jan 22, 2010Traded Brian Stokes to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.Received Gary Matthews and cash.
Jul 30, 2010Traded Mike Jacobs to the Toronto Blue Jays.Received player to be named.
Total Mets Payroll in 2010$134,422,942/3rd in NL
Record so far in 201074/W - 77/L 4th Place
Amateur Players Drafted /Signed before and during the 2010 season
PlayerRound
Matthew Harvey1st
Blake Forsythe3rd
Cory Vaughn4th
When I look back I see he made his mark year 1 with big free agent splash by signing Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez and yes Kris Benson. Then you go into year 2 he signs Billy Wagner and trades for Carlos Delgado Paul LoDuca, Duaner Sanchez, John Maine and Orlando Hernandez. They go 97/W – 65/L 1st Place and lose NLCS (4-3).Now year 3 knowing how close they got they don't make a big move via free agency except to bring back and resign Orlando Hernandez and Tom Glavine. They make a late season trade for Luis Castillo but in the end they didnt have enough suffering the biggest choke in MLB History.Meanwhile Minaya building his 5 to 6 yr plan of having prospects ready to become part of the core has drafted or signed amatuer free agents Michael A Pelfrey, Jonathon J Niese, Robert A Parnell, Joshua Thole, Fernando Martinez, Daniel T Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Lucas C Duda and Dillon Gee.Year 4 Here is where I think things turned for the worst. Minaya now owner of historic collapse remembering how poorly Glavine performed on the final day and with Pedr Martinez to hurt to be an ace he makes a huge trade to get Johan Santana giving the Mets a legit Ace as they seek to squash any memories of 2007. The problem was that he didn't do much after that. And the Mets who spent most of July in a battle for 1st back n forth The hope that Minaya could add some reenforcements at the trade deadline was for not and the Mets once again failed.losing on the last day of the season as the closed Shea Stadium.After that you have year 5 the 2009 season where the Mets set a record for having players on the dl. Followed by year 6 which is where we are now and well the hope of some of those injured players rebounding was not meant to be.Yet Minaya's talk of having players ready by year 5 or 6 looks to be on schedule. with Michael A Pelfrey, Jonathon J Niese, Robert A Parnell, Joshua Thole, Fernando Martinez, Daniel T Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Lucas C Duda and Dillon Gee already seeing considerable time for some and add Ike Davis with kids like Kirk R Nieuwenhuis     and Jenrry Mejia on the horizon Minaya's replacement may enjoy the fruit of Minaya's labor.When I look back I see he made his mark year 1 with big free agent splash by signing Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez and yes Kris Benson. Then you go into year 2 he signs Billy Wagner and trades for Carlos Delgado Paul LoDuca, Duaner Sanchez, John Maine and Orlando Hernandez. They go 97/W – 65/L 1st Place and lose NLCS (4-3).Now year 3 knowing how close they got they don't make a big move via free agency except to bring back and resign Orlando Hernandez and Tom Glavine. They make a late season trade for Luis Castillo but in the end they didnt have enough suffering the biggest choke in MLB History.Meanwhile Minaya building his 5 to 6 yr plan of having prospects ready to become part of the core has drafted or signed amatuer free agents Michael A Pelfrey, Jonathon J Niese, Robert A Parnell, Joshua Thole, Fernando Martinez, Daniel T Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Lucas C Duda and Dillon Gee.Year 4 Here is where I think things turned for the worst. Minaya now owner of historic collapse remembering how poorly Glavine performed on the final day and with Pedr Martinez to hurt to be an ace he makes a huge trade to get Johan Santana giving the Mets a legit Ace as they seek to squash any memories of 2007. The problem was that he didn't do much after that. And the Mets who spent most of July in a battle for 1st back n forth The hope that Minaya could add some reenforcements at the trade deadline was for not and the Mets once again failed.losing on the last day of the season as the closed Shea Stadium.After that you have year 5 the 2009 season where the Mets set a record for having players on the dl. Followed by year 6 which is where we are now and well the hope of some of those injured players rebounding was not meant to be.Yet Minaya's talk of having players ready by year 5 or 6 looks to be on schedule. with Michael A Pelfrey, Jonathon J Niese, Robert A Parnell, Joshua Thole, Fernando Martinez, Daniel T Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Lucas C Duda and Dillon Gee already seeing considerable time for some and add Ike Davis with kids like Kirk R Nieuwenhuis     and Jenrry Mejia on the horizon Minaya's replacement may enjoy the fruit of Minaya's labor.All the information was obtained using the following sources.http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/http://www.baseball-reference.com/http://content.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/salaries/totalpayroll.aspx?year=2010http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Pagehttp://mlb.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=nym&year=2005