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All Quiet on the “Metstern” Front

Posted By Jim Mancari On Dec 21 2010 @ 10:19 am In New York Mets | No Comments

OK, so this title is a bit corny, but it certainly rings true for the Mets this offseason. Spring training is a little over 60 days away. It would seem the Mets still have much to do to gear up for the season.

That is of course unless the organization is content with the pieces they have. No offense to Sandy Alderson, but he should be spending more time exploring ways to help the team rather than making lame season ticket advertisement videos. No one will be buying season tickets if the team looks like it does now.

As David Wright said at last week’s Holiday party, the Mets still have good players. Barring any major health issues, this is definitely true and they do have talent. Johan Santana has been on the shelf and is expected back in May, so the Mets cannot afford anymore injuries.

There is a rationale to Sandy Alderson’s thinking. Why break the bank for free agent starting pitching with a history of injury and only sign them for one year? Why not wait until you have some money to work with next year and either bring in someone who can help long-term or allow your prospects to develop at the major league level?

Ike Davis and Josh Thole will be given every opportunity to succeed in the Majors. Terry Collins stated that he expects talented fireballer Jenrry Mejia to contribute at some point this season. For now, Lucas Duda and Nick Evans appear to be candidates for bench spots, but I’d rather see them play everyday in AAA. Ruben Tejada will start in the minors for certain. Dillon Gee is penciled into the fourth spot of the Mets rotation depending on his Spring Training performance. Rule 5 picks (Brad Emaus & Pedro Beato) may be thrown into major league duty this year. Sometimes needs at the major league level outweigh the player’s developmental needs.

It would appear Alderson is content with allowing these young players to develop at the Major League level in hopes of a better future. I agree with him in theory. Should the Mets find themselves competing for a divisional or wild card berth when Santana returns, I would like to see the team acquire some help near the trading deadline to make that final push.

Mets teams with less talent than this one have done quite well, so there’s no reason for fans to be giving up hope in late December.

CPR 12-21-2010

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