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.
The Miami Marlins returned from last December's MLB Winter Meetings with a new manager (Ozzie Guillen), a new closer (Heath Bell/3yr, $27 million), a new lead-off hitter (Jose Reyes/6yr, $106 million) and a starting left-handed pitcher (Mark Buehrle/4yr, $58 million) -- $190 million -- to parade around their gaudy new ballpark. It marked the birth of The Franchise and a team-record $101 million payroll. The Marlins were certain their new stars would bring new fans, more wins and a World Series title.
In June Major League Baseball teams launched their team-centric All-Star Game marketing campaigns. Last week team's stepped up their PR as the deadline closed in Thursday night. The effort generated a single-day record 3.8 million votes. But, for all the hype and hometown pride, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is pathetic.
The Hot Stove rumors about David Wright are both true and false. True: the Mets will trade write. False: a deal with the Colorado Rockies is in the works.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an impeccable sense of timing. Moving Wright is no longer a matter of if, but when.
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.
In the past I've been verbally and textually scorned for my stance on Jose Reyes -- one I have held firmly since 2008 -- and, to be entirely transparent on this disclosure, today I was given a tongue-lashing from my mother when I argued for Derek Jeter just as the ink drys on the final chapter of the Reyes vs. Jeter debate (for those living and reading this blog post outside the boundaries of the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area, any Mets fans submission to Yankee superiority is an act of sin).
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is already speaking of Jose Reyes in the past tense.
"I've enjoyed watching Jose play," Alderson told the New York Daily News. "A player like Jose is an entirely independent dynamic. He certainly doesn't hurt you with respect to on-base percentage, and he provides a perfect complement to the power component we have, and I think we can have here with some of the players we expect to have back."