The Morning Report – 1-14 – Donations, Full Belly Clams, Dan Duquette, Off-season Inactivity, Rafael Montero
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I should mention what Reese McNight said in one of his comments early this week. We change nothing to participate and we use to have two major drives for donations, They turned into ‘send us $24.95’ and you get a box, in return, of either freshly baked shortbread (actual product), or chocolate brownies (actual product). These are good things to write about to close out the Saturday and Sunday posting schedule so be ready for the pizzazz ad on those days. You’ll like them and what a perfect time to have something to munch on while Uncle Sam is busting your chops.
By the way, Mrs, Mack and I are going to have to spend every third week in Port Orange, Florida, taking care of her mother while she’s being placed on dialysis so, if any of you live down that way or are pasing through and want to share the best plate of New England full belly clams (flown in every day from Maine for lunch), give me a call at 843 683 0376 and we’ll see if we can hook up.
“The owner has a right to put all of the resources into the current team,” Duquette told me in an interview several years ago. “Charles Bronfman got all of the executives together and said he wanted to make it clear that we were going to do everything we could to win now. Johnson was traded for Langston, a solid third-starter type, because Langston would help us more (in 1989). The future wasn’t part of the consideration of the trade, because the only future the owner had with the team was that season.” – Dan Duquette[i]
Mack – I often wondered what the Mets fan would do in the off-season if their ownership went ‘all-in’ and attempted to build a winner for 2015 with absolutely no regard for 2016 or past that. Let’s face it, Troy Tulowitzki would be your shortstop, but two of your top four pitchers wouldn’t be on the squad anymore. And what if the Mets went further and Sandy Alderson became Billy Beane? You could just stay with the same team doctors and walk out with Carlos Gonzalez while leaving behind your young centerfielder and a couple of more top prospects. Would the fans be thrilled? How about the readers here?
Beisbol.org[ii] seems to spend an awful lot of time writing about the Mets (a fan?). This time, it’s about the off-season’s inactivity –
The National League East is in a weird situation at the moment. The Atlanta Braves are looking to rebuild and should be in contention for the number one draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Phillies rebuilding process is ongoing, if you believe it has started at all. They will likely be doormats in 2015 for the remainder of the National League East. Depending upon Jose Fernandez’s return, the Miami Marlins are likely to be stronger in 2015. It is really up in the air with regards to what the Washington Nationals will do in 2015. There have been trade rumors surrounding Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, two key parts of their rotation. Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, and Denard Span will also be free agents after the 2015 season, so they could possibly be on the trade market depending upon how extensions go down, how the team fares in the first-half, and what General Manager Mike Rizzo wants to do. With two teams with no shot of contention in the Braves and Phillies in the division and a team possibly on the decline due to trades and contracts in the Nationals, 2015 seems like a bright year for a team like the Marlins or Mets to emerge and possibly claim a playoff spot, if not the NL East division crown.
Mack – It’s worth reading, though it is another anti-Wilmer Flores story. I wished the author stressed a little more what a difference it would have made if maybe one more off-season move was made this off-season by the Mets.
The late Sunday night reports that Sandy Alderson was busy this past weekend trying to be part of a three teal deal (Rays, Nats) that would trade SS Ian Desmond to the Mets. I didn’t think the Mets we’re still putting worms on the hooks, simply because everyone keeps asking for one of the top four starters in the chain (Harvey, Wheeler, de’Grom, Syndergaard). Like I’ve said before… I sure hope this Syndergaard guy proves out to be a great Met some day. Do you know how long the list is of decent players that have crossed Alderson’s desk for this guy?
I will say this in Alderson’s defense. Desmond has one year left on his existing contract. I would NEVER trade one of my projected top prospects for someone I’m going to lose the following October.
Kenny Rosenwall’s parting flow yesterday on the MLB Hot Store show is that the Mets WILL be trading P Dillon Gee. Didn’t say how, or didn’t say when, but he was pretty damn confident that this would take place before I’m writing this. We’ll wait it out.