According to my calculations, a bunch of guys declared free agency, a bunch more minor leaguers were set free, some of the scouts and coaches were sent packing, some more minor leaguers were released, and John Maine was sent away today. In return, the Mets added two scouts, three Vice Presidents, re-sign ex-Met Mike O'Connor, and signed a 17-year old out of the DR that will be ready in 2016.
Conservatively, that's over a ten million dollar savings so far, which doesn't include the money saved paying Razor Shines and HoJo, nor the difference between Jerry Manuel and Terry Collins.
Regarding Collins, this doesn't even look like a safe pick, no less a time tested successful-in-the-past pick as well. Collins win-loss record as a major league manager is dismal, his past players say he led the league in F-bombs in the dugout, and I haven't read that many people respected in baseball say too many nice things about him lately, nor agree that the Mets picked the right guy.
There have been no free agents signed, and no new FA minor leaguers have even signed with the Mets. It does take two to tango and the problem here could be two-fold, but I would have expected someone, anyone, to be added by now. I mean, in case you haven't noticed, all the other teams are doing it.
No, don't tell me they don't have the money. Ten mil and counting.
Where are the coaches? I know it's customary not to name the minor league honchos until around the end of January, but shouldn't the Queens crew be finalized?
Look, I'm not writing this to get more "hits" on this site, nor am I naive enough to think that other sites will link this back to me to increase my readership.
The fact is that the "grace period" for these changes happen to be happening at the same time the rest of the industry is building their next team. Free agency is happening now. So is arbitration, winter meetings, owners meetings, and Rule V... this is not the time for the Mets, their fans, or those that cover them, to sit back and let this grow roots first.
I'm not asking for a return of the Omar days, when there would have been at least five 35-year olders signed to minor league contracts. I'm just asking for one signing.
My loyalty has always been to the readers who come here to read what I think is going on, and to the players who have learned to trust me that I have their back.
Everybody involved with the Mets wants this team to succeed. Hell, the Steinbrenners want this team to succeed. There has never been more money thrown the Mets way than the year of the Subway Series.
But, I'm just not buying this yet. And, I'd like to see a few less suits and a couple more ballplayers, or,if it doesn't happen, this is just a Nelson Doubleday version of the bank bailout.
And, please... don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about. I was a Senior Vice President for a company owns by Tom Hicks. I told General Managers to make a budget that didn't exist, while at the same time, making plans to roll our NY Stock Exchange company into another company owns by Hicks and his brother.
Suits get rich, everyone else comes in second.
Been there, done that.
Let's hope I'm wrong. Let's hope the Mets begin to finish up the coaches list, add a minor leaguer or two, sign at least another SP5, revamp the med-team, and give the Mets fans and players more reasons to wake up excited every morning.
I've been wrong before.
I can live with that.