I’m waiting for the players association to file a grievance. Sandy Alderson has begun a one-man war against the collective bargaining agreement, refusing to sign any major league free agents. I keep assuming this is in violation of some antitrust statute. It would be so much fun if they did file something wouldn’t it? Maybe it would land poor Scott Hairston (talk about a guy who needs a new agent) a contract.
In the meantime, I decided to take a look at a list of potential 2014 free agents. My goal was to see if the strategy of doing nothing this year has merit.
I started with the following list from the Bleacher Report. After a few minutes, I stopped. It just seemed pointless. To use an Alderson phrase, there is so little “clarity” about the team right now, the idea of looking out twelve months would be nothing more than mental exercise.
Of course there is the usual problem of not knowing who, if any, of these players will ever hit the market. But more importantly there are so many questions about the Mets. And so when I think about goals for 2013, that is what I am looking for, answers to some questions. Until they are answered it is premature to look too far ahead.
- Can any of “Omars Guys” really play? Duda, Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Gee, Davis, Parnell, all come to mind. Yes, they all look like big league talents, but can one or more take a step up? Do we have an impact guy among them?
- Are Harvey and Wheeler the real deal? I joke about “The Plan” a lot but it sure seems to be about pitching, and more pitching. This is the first wave, they need to show promise at the major league level this year and stay healthy. Harvey is off to a great start.
- Are we still broke or not? There is so much smoke and mirrors regarding our payroll and our owners financial condition. Everyone, including me, keeps attempting to crack the case. I don’t expect the Wilpons to open their books to any of us to audit, so the hope is we see some moves on the spending front to show the worst is over. The off-season has been unsettling on this issue to date.
- Is Sandy Alderson committed to this franchise? I think this has become a valid question. I work in Corporate America, and more and more, Alderson sounds like a guy looking for a buyout package. Whatever we might think about his jokes, how can his owners appreciate it? He does work for them.
In a perfect world, of course, all the questions have not only answers, but positive ones. And some, like Omar’s guys, will most likely reach some type of conclusion.
Mike, sorry to interrupt you. But I’ve got an important newsflash. As most Mets fans know, Sandy Alderson and David Wright had a “brutally honest” conversation in November, 2012, at a secret location near Wright’s home in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon that meeting, according to NY Post reporter Mike Puma, Wright said, “After hearing the conviction, the plan moving forward, I was all in.”
The good news: I have obtained that plan.
Apparently, Alderson and Wright met at an Applebee’s (Sandy’s treat!), where Alderson quickly scribbled out “The Plan” on a used napkin. Fortunately, I have a second-cousin — gap-toothed Karley — who dates, among other food industry veterans, the dishwasher at Applebee’s. He paid the busboy for “The Plan,” which has been passed on to me. Got it?
So, folks, please — no more skepticism about “The Plan.” Obviously, while lacking in specifics, this was enough to convince David Wright to stay with the Mets. This, and an additional $138 million.
Thanks for that, but I must say I was looking for just a little more clarity. As helpful as that was, Jimmy. Even more than that, I’m looking for some execution on the Plan in 2013. The truth is I don’t want to hear about it, I want to start seeing it and feeling it. At Citi Field, too, not just in St. Lucie.
If the questions above are answered correctly, looking forward to 2014 and beyond will be easy. The test begins soon, spring training is almost upon us, and I can’t wait.