New York Mets’ Fans Getting Taken by Fred Wilpon Again
New York Mets’ fans had a beautiful run in 2015 before it finally ended in the World Series. Despite that, Fred Wilpon is back to his penny-pinching ways, and fans are supposed to follow along for the ride once again.
It was a beautiful summer and fall for the New York Mets and their fans. They stayed afloat up to the trading deadline, added the pieces they needed, and made a run to the World Series. Mets’ fans had been longing for it, and to his credit, Sandy Alderson gave them what they wanted. The Mets fielded a top team that ran over the Chicago Cubs before falling to the Royals in the World Series.
The biggest surprise was the fact that the Mets made moves. They had been pinching pennies up to that point, trying to skate by with a great pitching staff, led by Matt Harvey. I myself wondered if Alderson bound and gagged Fred Wilpon in his office while he made the moves that put the Mets over the top. But, the team’s brass held out hope that the increased revenue would be put back into the team.
Of course not. Did anyone really think that Fred Wilpon could change that quickly? No way.
First we had the departure of Daniel Murphy. The Mets gave him a qualifying offer, and as expected, he turned it down. Granted, by itself, this isn’t incriminating. Daniel Murphy is not a great defensive player at any position, is a decent hitter, but is not worth a lengthy contract.
But how did the Mets replace him? Ben Zobrist? No. Neil Walker was the choice, in a trade involving Jon Niese. He’s a solid player, with a 98% career fielding percentage, and an average hitter. His career best was .296 in 2010, and his career average is .272.
They did add a second player, Asdrubal Cabrera. He’s a similar type of player, good fielder, hits in the .260’s.
So they added two players at approximately 12 million dollars — Remember, Daniel Murphy is off the books, and Michael Cuddyer retired. Fred Wilpon and the Mets actually added nothing to the payroll, especially when you add the removal of the useless Jon Niese. All the Mets did was replace what they had, nothing more.
Now let’s move to the Yoenis Cespedes situation. There is no arguing the fact that Cespedes carried the team through the end of the regular season. Heck, fans were even calling for him to be NL MVP. Do the Mets bring him back? Nope, he costs too much.
Instead, Alejandro De Aza is the choice. A PART TIME PLAYER! Yes, they needed a player to fill out the platoon with Juan Legares. But, where are the RBI’s going to come from? That’s a great question, isn’t it?
The Mets will not be able to keep these pitchers for ever, you know the names. No team can keep that many aces. The Mets need to take advantage of the fact that they have them all NOW, and try to win it all NOW. Instead, thanks to the problems with Bernie Madoff that they allegedly didn’t have, they are paying off creditors with team funds.
Many years ago, former co-owner Nelson Doubleday said that the Mets were on their way to being run like a minor league franchise. He didn’t know how right he was.
The Mets fans are being taken. Their pitchers are being wasted and it is not fair to their fan base.