The suggestion that the New York Mets “intend to follow the Boston Red Sox template” is not news, but more of the same; more of what Sandy Alderson has been saying since Day One.
For better or worse, Michael Bourn fell off the New York Mets radar Monday when he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.
Teams of equal or lesser talent than the 2012 New York Mets (a roster still undefined at the time of this post) have backed their way into the post-season. Usually, it’s a combination of one team getting hot and another going stone cold in September. In the case of Mets, a pair of non-roster moves may prove to be the most beneficial to the team’s success in 2012: revised Citi Field dimensions and another Wild Card slot.
Tuesday’s late night trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers made perfect sense – or maybe cents is the more accurate term given the New York Mets financial condition. The deal came down to simple mathematics: Rodriguez was in the final season of a guaranteed three-year, $37 million contract with a vesting option for $17.5 million if he finished 55 games before the season ended. At the All-Star break, Rodriguez had finished 34 games, well ahead of pace on the option. Meanwhile, the Mets are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. You don’t need an accounting degree to do the math.
Hearing that assessment from an unbiased third party – not a Mets fan, a columnist or blogger – is a telling statement about what the rest of baseball thinks of Reyes. His bat is red hot. His health: never better. His stock is at an all-time high. As the Mets hopes for a post-season run wear thin, the plot thickens and the debate over Reyes’ future in New York rages on.
Sandy Alderson knew New York would be a challenge. He knew it would take patience; he’s had to eat the elephant in Oakland and, later, in San Diego.
“We’re going to strive for consistency, but above all, excellence,” he told the media at a press conference last November.