Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I’ve gone back and forth on the question for ‘The War Room’ today.
It originally was going to be about the Florida-Toronto fiasco and just how much are fans supposed to be asked to help fund a stadium that they have to not only pay to get in, but also park next to.
But that’s old news.
What’s relevant this morning is how little ‘our’ team continues to do to improve themselves in the future while others, like Toronto and the Dodgers, keep investing in their ‘business’ to make it viable.
I will say this. No one in the Mets organization has lied about what direction they will go in this off season. They said they weren’t going to spend more than $100mil on payroll and it sure looks like they are headed in that direction.
You know me. I think the Mets have the rotation in 2014 to make a run for it. I also think there is nothing than can or will do to make that happen in 2013. So, should we stop speculating and not sound like the myriad amount of other beat writers and bloggers out there that keep complaining about the lack of signings/trades? And, is it a waste of time to keep coming up with trade possibilities that are just pipe dreams at this point?
The 2013 rotation (with RA Dickey) will rank up there with one of the best in the National League. The addition of Zack Wheeler will only make it better. Josh Edgin and Elvin Ramirez will get another year under their belt while Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia will hopefully mature either in Las Vegas of Flushing. Bobby Parnell will get a legitimate opportunity to close and Jeremy Hefner and Colin McHugh could add needed depth in the bullpen.
In the minors, Wilmer Flores will get a shot to show us if he can step into 3B for the Mets in 2014. Reese Havens will also hopefully return to hitting the way everyone in the organization knows he can and could possibly offer an alternative to Daniel Murphy on second. And a bunch of outfielders (Kirk Nieuwehuis, Matt den Dekker, Cory Vaughn, Cesar Puello, Darrell Cecilliani) have another year to cut back on their K/AB ratio and add both to their slugging percentage and OPS.
And then, the real good news happens. Both Johan Santana and Frank Francisco’s money comes off the books. The new TV deal adds $50mil to the bottom line, and the Mets will be able to compete in the free agent market with the rest of the league.
So really, the plan has never changed. It’s just we, the writers out there that keep trying to change the rules.
The question: Isn’t the New York Mets correctly targeted to 2014 and isn’t everything coming out of Queens confirming that?