Pick A Lane On Mets Criticism

There are many, many reasons to criticize the Mets.  Even with the presence of smart baseball people, who have been a part of well-run organizations in their previous stops, the Mets are a mess.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out this is directly attributable to ownership.

That same ownership has decided that rather than appointing one of their existing assistant general managers to be the interim general manager, they would each role share with them presenting ideas they used to offer to Sandy Alderson directly to Jeff Wilpon.  Yes, Jeff Wilpon essentially named himself the general manager.

The end result of that has led to a number of decisions which have made the Mets even more of a laughingstock then they already have been.

The Jeurys Familia trade was widely panned.  Making matters worse, we subsequently discovered Will Toffey, the key prospect in the deal not only needs offseason shoulder surgery, but his dad is also friends with J.P. Riccardi. It so happens Riccardi was the pointman for the deal.

We didn’t know that initially because the Mets went into media silence.  The reason for that was the team was actively ducking the media over their continued bungling and outright lying in delivering the message about what they knew and didn’t know about Yoenis Cespedes‘ heels.

Consider that over the course of a few days, John Ricco and the Mets went from saying they didn’t know Cespedes needed surgery to saying surgery was a last resort to saying he needed the surgery.

What was even better about all of this was the Mets waited for this noise to clear before calling on Ricco to speak with the media about the Familia trade, a trade which he said Riccardi ran point and that one of the key pieces was the international money which Omar Minaya could utilize well.  So basically, the team sent out the one guy of the three to speak on a deal who didn’t work on getting the deal done or who will utilize the assets acquired.

Meanwhile, the Mets continual insistence Jeff McNeil was a second baseman blew up in their faces.  Within a week of this proclamation, McNeil would play third in a Triple-A game, and eventually he would be called up to play third base in the majors.

After the trade deadline, the three general managers hopped on a conference call where they told everyone ownership entasked them with being creative and open to all possibilities.  That resulted in them getting a poor return for Familia.  Worse yet, the team was unable to move Jose Bautista, Jerry Blevins, or Devin Mesoraco despite them being 30 year old veterans on expiring deals.

Better yet, they added to the over 30 mix by signing Austin Jackson on the eve of the trade deadline.

Looking at what they did and didn’t do, there are still some up in arms that the team didn’t unload Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, or even Noah Syndergaard.


After what we have seen from this front office in a very limited time period, you really trusted them to make major deals on these players.  You really thought they were capable of getting the type of return the Rays got for Chris Archer?

Have you been remotely paying attention to anything that has happened over the past two years?

Honestly, how could you want this structure get rid of players who will have a huge market during the Winter Meetings should the Mets eventually decided to tear it all down and rebuild?

That’s just being completely delusional.

Again, the Mets need to be held to task for many things they do.  They need to be constantly reminded of their failures and ineptitude.

That said, with those failures and ineptitude, how can we possibly trust them to do anything until they bring in a fresh voice into the organization who knows what he is doing?

13 thoughts on “Pick A Lane On Mets Criticism”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    MD, do you really think this criticism should be so heated given the injuries? We are far, far in advance of any other team in injuries. Even our freaking GM is on the DL.

    If the Mets had merely average injuries over the past two years, why couldn’t they have been as competitive as in 2016, if not 2015?

    And one could say they some have been omniscient about injuries, but….well, you didn’t and that would be silly anyway.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Given how the Mets have handled injures and given how previously healthy players get hurt on the Mets, there’s a real issue here.

  2. OldBackstop says:

    Then spell out the issue, because your article is nonsensical and doesn’t even mention injuries. You had all winter to say that Synderdergaard, Cespedes, Frazier, Bruce, Familiia, Lagares, Vargas, D’Arnaud, Plawecki, etc were all injury risks. Is it really the Mets fault that Syndergaard get FHM disease?

    Sinple question, if the Mets had average injuries would they be contending?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      My article had nothing to do with the injury issues. Rather, it had to do with how this new collection of GMs are handling things.

      I couldn’t have been more clear about that, so you’re saying it’s nonsensical for not contemplating an issue not remotely relevant to the premise of the article is way off base.

  3. Robert says:

    My main one is why do they need 3 gms

    1. metsdaddy says:

      To have three people to share the blame for Jeff’s poor decision making

  4. mike hogan says:

    Mets daddy you nailed it. what if is pure conjecture. until the top management owns up to their problems truthfully . they cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Thank you

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