You want to know why the New York Mets stink? I’ll tell you why they stink. The Mets are always focused and worried about the wrong things. Instead of worrying about getting their roster in order for the 2012 season, they are worried about R.A. Dickey climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next week in hopes of raising awareness and money for the Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights human trafficking.
Dickey is admittedly nuts, but hey, he’s a knuckleballer, what do you expect? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the fighting human trafficking part, I just don’t see how Dickey freezing his ass off 19,341 feet above sea level in Tanzania is going to do anything about it. That said, don’t the Mets have anything better to do than to threaten players who are doing charitable things with voiding their contract? If Fred Wilpon had given some of his money to Dickey’s charity instead of Madoff, Dickey wouldn’t have to be climbing the roof of Africa and the Mets wouldn’t have to be wasting postage on such nonsense. Ever think of that Freddie boy?
Then we have Mets GM Sandy Alderson who when asked about the charitable endeavor said, “If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn’t have sent the letter. Beyond that, have we tried to dissuade him from going? It seems to me that the letter is enough of an effort to dissuade him, and he intends to go on nonetheless.”
That’s right Sandy, he’s going anyway. While he’s gone perhaps you can tend to the roster. You brought the fences in because your players couldn’t reach them. That’s funny, because the opposing teams didn’t have any problems reaching them. How about just signing some players who can hit the ball over the damn wall? What’s next, now that Jose Reyes is going are you going to petition MLB to go from 60/90 to 50/70?
Instead of abandoning the Mets Gulf Coast League team in a cost-cutting measure, reducing the number of rookie-level teams from three to two which actually help cultivate players, how about actually focusing more in minor league scouting and development?
Let’s take a look at what the Mets have done so far this offseason, the first full offseason with a true Sandy Alderson stamp on it. So far they signed the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen, (RHP Jon Rauch and RHP Frank Francisco) and traded Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for OF Andres Torres and, RHP Ramon Ramirez. Sandy, don’t stop now. You’re en fuego!
The Mets will reportedly reduce their payroll from $143 million, where the team began 2011, to approximately $110 million. Mike Pelfrey is arbitration eligible. Are the Mets going to give him $5 million to keep him around for another year? I hope they do. My youngest son and I like going to Citi Field and sit real close when he pitches. My son says it’s like watching a monkey at the zoo when he prances around the mound licking himself.
Daniel Murphy has been told by Mets sophomore manager Terry Collins that he has a starting job, but no one including Collins or Murphy have freakin’ idea at what position that might be! Ike Davis avoided surgery after the team investigated microfracture as an option but decided not to. The Mets are hoping that Davis is ready for opening day? Has anyone actually seen him walking like a biped this offseason? That would be a good first step.
Check out this collision between Ike Davis and David Wright. I’ve stubbed my toe harder than this on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the nigh… and still took care of business when I got there. This happened on May 10th and Davis missed the entire season!
You want to laugh at a MLB depth chart? Check this out. Hey no one is a bigger Lucas Duda fan than I am, I love the guy. And having him for $1 as a free agent on my fantasy roster is great, but this is real baseball, not Fantasy Baseball. How are the Mets going to possibly contend with the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, oh the Marlins (great new line up, new uniform.. not so much), or even the Washington Nationals?
Dickey has one-year left on his $7.8M, two-year contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012 and is the least of the Mets problems. With a staff low ERA of 3.28 last year and one of the few guys on the team that shows up for work ready to play when he’s called upon, the Mets should have all their players out mountain climbing…