Mets Second Base Problems Are On Sandy Alderson

After the 2017 season ended, and the Mets set out to build their roster for the 2018 season, the most glaring need was a second baseman.  Given the options in free agency and the state of the Mets farm system, it also proved to be one of the most difficult holes to fill.

Initially, the Mets did act prudently by looking to obtain Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers.  While he was coming off a down year offensively, he was still a very good defender at the position.  If rumors were true, the Mets stepped up and they made the best offer to the Detroit Tigers.

The problem was Kinsler had a no trade clause to the Mets.  He used that clause to force a deal to the Angels.  Very likely, the reason was all of the gaps in the Mets roster and their limited budget this offseason.

Speaking of the limited budget, yes, we can absolutely blame the Wilpons for not fully investing in this team.  While many will defend them on the concept of finances, it should be noted the Wilpons did have money to invest in an eSports team and the Islanders new arena.

With that said, there was money to be spent.  Yes, it wasn’t enough, but if spent properly, there was enough to at least build a credible roster.  The problem is Sandy Alderson isn’t spending the money wisely.

Certainly, you can justify the Anthony Swarzak signing.  If the Mets have any intentions of competing next year, they needed an extra arm to bring to Jeurys Familia in the ninth.  With Swarzak joining AJ Ramos to set up for Familia, the Mets have a good 7-8-9 tandem.  With Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland, you can reasonably assume the Mets will be able to find an arm or two to join Jerry Blevins to form a good if not formidable bullpen.

The problem is what Sandy Alderson has done with the money since signing Swarzak at the close of the Winter Meetings.

The first issue was a trade for Jason Kipnis was rejected by someone with the Mets.  The natural culprits are the Wilpons as the reports said someone higher up.  It’s a baffling decision because even if you have your concerns about him, he’s a good fit in the lineup and in the clubhouse.  There’s also the benefit of his knowing Callaway from their days in Cleveland.

But no, someone with enough decision making authority didn’t want him.  So instead, the Mets went out to address the holes in their roster by signing Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez.

Of course, this means three things.  The first is the team is all but done with Dominic Smith, at least for the 2018 season.  The second is Michael Conforto is likely out longer than advertised.  The third is the Mets are effectively punting on second base.

Howie Kendrick, who was a viable second base candidate, is now off the board, and with him went the last reasonable shot at getting a starting second baseman in free agency.  That is, unless, you believe Eduardo Nunez, will now be healthy, capable of playing second, and the Mets have enough to sign him.

If you want someone in a trade, like Josh Harrison, get in line.  Teams with much deeper systems, like the Yankees, have interest in him as well.  As a result, this means the Mets are out on him.

Overall, this means the Mets are going to bring back Jose Reyes to play second alongside Amed Rosario.  This is the same Reyes who was one of the worst regulars in all of baseball last year.  He had a -0.6 WAR, a 94 wRC+, and he accomplished the astounding feat of posting a negative DRS at FOUR positions.  One of those was second where he had a -5 DRS in 207.1 innings.

And remember the last time Reyes played second base full time?  That would be the 2004 season when the Mets big acquisition was Kaz Matsui.  When your offseason plan mirrors the plans of your 2004 plans, you know the Mets are in trouble.

And yes, they are.  They’re in trouble because they don’t have the money to spend and because Sandy Alderson isn’t spending it wisely.  Consider for a second, Matt Adams and Kendrick, two versatile players that would have been immensely helpful to the Mets for depth and/or platoons, signed with the Nationals for a combined $11 million.  That’s less than a million more they are paying Bruce and Gonzalez on a team that already had Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Wilmer Flores, and Smith.

Overall, the Mets may not have had much money to spend, but whatever money they did have, Sandy Alderson squandered it away on duplicative players.  Remember that when the Mets second base situation holds the team back throughout the 2018 season.

 

0 Replies to “Mets Second Base Problems Are On Sandy Alderson”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    yep, Sandy Alderson has a free reign….
    No interference from Wilpons

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Sure, he has interference. However, that doesn’t mean he’s free from blame.

      1. Gothamist says:

        He has gross interference.

        He is not forceful nor a dynamic charasmatic leader who leverages his passion to ever overcome it.

        THE WILPONS ARE NOT SMART PEOPLE AND QUITE STUBBORN.
        KATZ MAY BE THE SMARTER ONE BUT LOOK HOW HE DID NOT DIVERSIFY AND GAVE MADOOFF SO MUCH MONEY!

        Sandy is a calm, collective, patient, ex marine and I kind of wonder what happened w player drafting and development, what went wrong?

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    with no chance in hell to win the division
    i would just bring players who are fan draws
    W Citifield the best destination in the MLB
    Food, pubs you name it Citifield is the very best!

    Plus the kids come back and every time something brand new!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Well, that’s close to what the Mets are doing. It will likely result in an under .500 season leading to the fans staying away anyway.

      1. Gothamist says:

        Quality of life truly is not free in Ling Island even into NYC.
        Yankee Stadium is a haul if not intimidating and the seats are expensive if not very uncomfortable in the third level…

        There is not much for the dollar.
        Citifield delivers awesome sunsets, night breezes and swift trips home.

        The press coverage and ease of knowing the players, being a true blue fan, resilient TO NEVER CONCEDE THAT THE WILPON’s SELFISH CLAN WON and I gave up my team…

        I excuse my unwillingness to give them a dollar buy purchasing on the secondary market BUT BEWARE JEFF LIQUIDATES TICKETS ON STUB HUB.

        I KNOW THAT COLLECTIVE FAN ANGER IS THE ONLY WAY TO OVERCOME THEM…

        TO KEEP UP THE WRITING UP OF BELMONT, THE TV CONTRACT TRANSFERRING WEALTH TO SNY, BUILDING THE AREA WITH STEPHEN ROSS, eGames and the fact they are building leverage by paying off Madoff’s trustee and soon to be owning Citifield outright by paying down stadium debt.

        BLOOMBERG HAD A CHANCE TO SQUEEZE THEM AND THAT ONE TIME OPPORTUNITY IS GONE!

        THEY OWE BUD SELIG FOREVER…

        THEY ARE BUILDING RESILIENCE THAT WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO EVER KICK THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!

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