If my life were a screenplay, that would be the scene where whatever handsome actor playing me (probably James Franco or Ryan Reynolds) realizes that the Mets are absolutely done for. The moment that I jump on board with the #SellTheTeam movement. The moment I realize the Wilpons couldn’t care any less about the Mets.
While my life isn’t a movie, that moment actually occurred yesterday. I had been getting more and more impatient with the Met’s activity (or lack thereof) during the offseason. How is it that just 2 seasons ago the Mets were in the World Series? Although, the writing was on the walls during that offseason when the Wilpons and Sandy Alderson collectively did very little to help their team make it back to the World Series. They signed a few free agents like: Alejandro De Aza, Asdrubal Cabrera and Antonio Bastardo. They also traded for Neil Walker and re-signed Bartolo Colon, Yoenis Cespedes and Jerry Blevins.
2016 rolled around and Sandy Alderson was able to make one trade at the deadline to help get the team to the Post Season. Jay Bruce was signed to the Mets and that would be the last time Sandy and the Mets signed anyone of significance. Fast forward to the 2016 off season, what would the Mets do to get to the post season for a 3rd straight season? They signed Relief Pitcher Fernando Salas, re-signed Jerry Blevins, Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes. Pretty mediocre post season. What about starting pitching? Well, the Mets still had confidence in guys like Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz who would be coming back hopefully healthy. They were sort of right…but could have used some work. Fast forward once again, this time to the 2017 off season and where my frustrations have reached their peak.
When the winter meetings began, I had some high hopes for the Mets. If you look back to a few of my earlier posts about Sandy being clueless or re-signing Jay Bruce, I thought the Mets had a lot of options this off season and could make some big deals. But so far I’ve been very, very, wrong. They did re-sign Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins, which is good but they’ve let so many free agent names slip by because they don’t want to spend the money. When teams like the Yankees and Dodgers (who do have much more money than the Mets) are out here making blockbuster trades and signings, Mets fans are left sitting here looking like the shrugging emoji. We have no idea what’s going on with our team. We’ve been given no explanation other than “they’re taking things slow” as to why guys like Jay Bruce, Adam Lind, Neil Walker, Jose Reyes or Lorenzo Cain haven’t been signed or even spoken to on serious terms.
Oh wait, how could I forget, the Mets are looking to sign the hottest free agent in all of MLB…the 35-year-old Adrian Gonzalez. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Adrian Gonzalez a lot. He’s had a great career but his 2017 season was plagued with injuries and there’s no denying he isn’t the same player that he was a few years ago. The real reason the Mets are looking at him is because he’ll likely accept the league minimum salary, which is what the Wilpons will go crazy for.
I’m not suggesting that the Mets go out and spend millions and millions of dollars, because they don’t have to. The Mets have a solid team but there are a lot of cracks that NEED to be addressed if they want to contend this season. Especially when teams like the Braves and the Phillies are looking to rebuild and become contenders. Not to mention the Nationals who are FULL of talent.
Back in 2014, Fred Wilpon reportedly wanted to sell his portion of the team because “he was tired of spending millions of dollars to prop it up.” The Wilpons are nowhere near fit to run a Major League Baseball team and I’m beginning to feel bad for Sandy Alderson (yeah the guy I called clueless about a month ago) because the Wilpons aren’t allowing him to spend the money he needs to spend to help fix the cracks. It was reported that Sandy talked the Wilpons in allowing him to spend money before the 2016 season as long as he promised to sell players if the team was clearly not going to make it to the play offs. Some owners, huh?
All I’m asking for is a direct answer from the Wilpons. I’m tired of the reports and the rumors. Fans of the Miami Marlins’ absolutely destroyed Derek Jeter when he addressed him, but at least he had the balls to look his fans in the face and tell them what’s going on. I wouldn’t really compare the Mets’ situation to the Marlins’ situation. The Mets still have a solid foundation that just needs some work. The Marlins are really, in a re-building stage…for the 100th time. All I want is for the Wilpons to address us, the fans. The people who spend hard earned money to go to games, buy the jerseys, the hats, tell us why the team isn’t making any deals. Tell us why you don’t give a damn about the Mets. Tell us why you won’t sell the team to someone who will actually try to make it better. That’s it. Tell us. Until then, please just go away Wilpoo