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Sandy Reminds Us Again Mets Won’t Spend Money Or Improve

With the Giancarlo Stanton trade saga and Shohei Ohtani looking for a team, the hot stove has been rather lukewarm this time of the year.  With that said, we have seen some movement on the reliever market both be fore and after Stanton and Ohtani selected their ultimate destinations:

Now, based upon Sandy Alderson’s previous comments and behavior, you would think this would leave the Mets GM emboldened.  The only reliever that got a deal more than two years was Minor, who was actually signed to pitch in the Rangers starting rotation.

Instead, Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters and crushed what little hope Mets fans had this offseason.

On the reliever market, which has already seen quality relievers sign to reasonable deals, Alderson said, “And to the extent that the market gets overheated, I wouldn’t think that we’ll jump into the inferno.”  (Newsday).

Just wait, it gets better.

Alderson also admitted what Mets fans suspected to be true – the Mets didn’t even try to acquire Stanton.  Hopefully, because he thinks we’re all stupid, Alderson didn’t cite that big contract as a reason.  No, Alderson actually cited the fact the team had Brandon Nimmo as the reason why.

This is the same Nimmo the team never gave a real shot to start, at least before the fire sale and injuries, and the team won’t give a starting spot in next year’s outfield.  Apparently to the amazement of everyone, the Mets don’t need the reigning MVP because Nimmo has gotten dramatically better in the roughly two months since the season ended.  He’s now an MVP caliber player.

That’s awesome because as we all know Alderson’s drafts have been spotty at best.  His drafts have produced only two All Stars.  The first, Michael Conforto, is rehabbing from a significant shoulder injury, and we don’t know if he will ever be the same (NOTE: don’t get a Mets fan started on team injuries).  The second, Michael Fulmer, is a Tiger because back in 2014, the Mets thought Michael Cuddyer was the answer to their need for a productive hitter.  As we know he wasn’t, and by extension, the Mets lost two first round picks.

But wait, after an offseason that began with the Mets leaking they have soured on Dominic Smith, the team is high on him again saying, “We’re still very high on Dominic — some of my comments earlier in the offseason notwithstanding.”

Apparently, the team is no longer interested in players like Carlos Santana not because of the cost, but rather, because Smith has been on the same postseason regiment as Nimmo where disappointing first round draft picks suddenly transform into MVP caliber players overnight.

Not discussed during the discussion with reporters was the Mets latest bombshell.  They are now dangling Matt Harvey this offseason in exchange for a reliever.

As we have learned the past two seasons, the one thing the Mets can well afford to do is to be reckless with pitching depth.  No, we can’t count on Harvey to be anything.  However, the same can be said for Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

Considering the Mets heavily invested in their pitching staff by hiring Mickey Callaway as manager and Dave Eiland as pitching coach, why not see if they can get Harvey back to being the Dark Knight, or at the very least a reliable starting pitcher?

Do you really need to trade him for a sixth inning reliever?  And if that is the case, why not let Harvey move to the bullpen?  With Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, you already have seven starters for five spots.  Someone is going to have to go to Triple-A or the bullpen.  If Harvey can’t withstand the rotation, why not find out if he can the bullpen?

And there we have it.  The Mets not only have no faith in their coaching staff, but they are already backing off players on the eve of the Winter Meetings.

It was almost yesterday the Mets were discussing Santana, Ohtani, Lorenzo Cain, and Jason Kipnis.  Now?  Well, we are talking trading Harvey to help fix the bullpen, and Nimmo and Smith as being a significant part of the future when just a month earlier they were not a legitimate starting option.

This is what happens when the Mets aren’t trying to generate hype to get fans to purchase individual game tickets.  It’s what happens when the Mets are entering a Winter Meetings when their initial hype and hope are about to get exposed.

7 thoughts on “Sandy Reminds Us Again Mets Won’t Spend Money Or Improve”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Pick up the newspapers.

    The Mets are calling teams seeking a controllable contract in a reliever.

    THEY WILL USE HARVEY IN THE DEAL

    Like trading Jay Bruce last winter

    NOTHING WILL HAPPEN UNTIL THEY TRADE HARVEY

    I admit:

    if not injured…

    ANNUAL PRODUCTION

    34 HRs
    84 RBIs
    3 SAC FLIES
    HIGH OBP
    SPEED
    OUTFIELD ASSISTS

    for only $25 M is a great deal….

    Can he play CF?

    he will be ONLY be thirty years old in late 2019

    THAT HIS INJURIES ARE BEHIND HIM
    THAT HE IS PROJECTED TO BE DURABLE INTO AGE 33

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Mets do not have to trade Harvey to make a move.

      Moreover, if your plans is cross your fingers and hope everything comes up roses, Harvey should be front and center to that plan

  2. Luis says:

    WHEELER is the bullpen guy. He could be a Wade Davis type-quite similar stuffwise. I would keep Harvey and see if he can bounce back with some mechanical issues addressed…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Personally, I think Wheeler would thrive in the pen.

  3. Gothamist says:

    Buy high, sell low.
    Harvey has been a Met since?

    THERE IS ANOTHER CASE WHY OLD METS NEVER RETURN TO SAY EVEN HELLO

    Huge unknowns about his new muscle memory in his shoulder, lats etc.

    YET SINCE THEY ARE UNDER CAPITALIZED
    THEY TRADE ON DEADLINE DEALS FOR SALARY RELIEF VS PRIORITIZING PROSPECTS

    NOW they dump Harvey and see him thru the required two years after having his rib removed…

    The only thing right about THEIR not pursuing Stanton, Santana, Shaw for three year deal is THAT THEY KNOW they admit THEY HAVE NO CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFFS ANY TIME SOON

    CRAPSHOOT

    IF THEY ANTEED UP ON BALLPENING THIS YEAR FOR IT IS ONE YEAR WINDOW BEFORE Ramos and Familia walk

    THEY WOULD ALLOW THE PLAN TO FAIL BECAUSE A THIRD YEAR FOR SHAW WAS $8.5 too much even if he was to be GUARANTEED to bought out in 2020

    So instead they trade Harvey for almost anything…

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    How much is this team a joke in baseball circles?

    ONLY TORONTO OWNERSHIP WAS RATED LOWER

    EVEN JEFFREY LORIA WAS RATED HIGHER!!!

    Loria, the Donald Sterling of the MLB
    was rated higher…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Isn’t Jeff Wilpon, the man who fired a pregnant woman, the Donald Sterling of MLB?

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