I’ve been surprised to hear how many fans are very dissatisfied with the Mets this offseason. The Mets brought in Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta to run the front office and develop a plan. But not much has happened since then while other teams are spending on big names like Jayson Werth, Cliff Lee, and Carl Crawford. That’s led to a lot of dissension among fans that I’ve talked to and heard from on Facebook and Twitter.
My take has been that the Mets knew for at least three years that this day would come. This is a day in which several long-term, big money contracts are coming due at the same time. Typically, that’s the making of an ugly situation which is exactly what’s happening to the Mets for next season. The confluence of the final season of contracts for Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, and K-Rod is the making of a difficult season. There just isn’t the financial flexibility or players with value to be able to do anything with. We’re going to have to ride out 2011 and just hope for the best. By “best”, I mean another .500 season and maybe dump some salary in July for prospects with potential.
I understand what fans are saying though and some good points have been raised by fans. From Facebook:
… This organization operates like a small market team, actually worse. –Tony
… the plan is to buy time, If I wanted to wait on winning I would be a Pirates fan. –Robin
I don’t see a plan. –Stephen
The points they made are valid. How does a team with a top five payroll become reduced to scouring the bargain basement for players? It’s a sad state but I don’t necessarily blame that on the current front office. Omar Minaya made the commitments that got the Mets here years ago. But the supposed new “brains” behind the Mets need to get them out of this jam quickly or it’ll be another season of empty seats at Citi Field and low ratings on SNY. That’s what the new front office was hired for.
I also understand the points about the plan being no plan at all. How can the Mets pay Alderson, Ricciardi, and DePodesta to come in and do nothing? Doing nothing doesn’t really qualify as a plan for many fans and I think that’s a valid opinion. The message that we need to wait until 2012 is a tough pill to swallow for many fans, including me. But I think we have to face the reality that 2011 is going to be a lost season. It’s definitely not the time that you want to invest in a ticket package. Save your money for 2012 just like the Mets are doing.