The Mets continue to negotiate with R.A. Dickey, and my sense is becoming that we are not going to trade him. I now think we will get an extension done, and if we do not I think we will keep him for 2013 under his current contract.
As I’ve said before, Jimmy, I was always going to be torn between my heart and my brain on this one. I love Dickey and would be happy to continue to have the opportunity to watch him pitch for the Mets. On the other hand, I have always wondered if trading Dickey was in the team’s best long-term interest.
If Dickey and Wright are signed, and little else is done by Alderson, it will be clear that it really is about 2014. 2013 will be another tough year. I can handle that. I’ve made it this far, but it is always disappointing to me how our GM says one thing and does another. Lack of honesty is so ingrained in this franchise, and I think the fans would react well to some truth-telling.
I suffered chest pains reading the recent Adam Rubin piece, “Alderson: 2013 Should Look Like the End of ’12.” The Mets GM was quoted as saying, ”I would expect the roster will look similar to the way it did at the end of last year — with some exceptions.”
I feel like I’ve been duped. As a fan, I so wanted to believe Alderson in that August 22 interview on WFAN. Remember? He said, “We need an infusion of players, productive players.” He said, “After having watched this team for a couple of years, maybe it’s time to make some moves.” Later, he said, “We’re not punting 2013.”
And you know what? I believed him. I really thought, okay, maybe the glass is half full. Within the limits of the organization, the dearth of hitting talent in the system, and the financial constraints, we’re still going to try to compete. Which fans like me took to mean, obviously, a trade. Some bold moves. Positive change. Alderson even said as much. Now he’s singing a different melody. It’s hard to know what to believe.
So he’s either the most patient GM in baseball, waiting like a coiled snake in the shadows of the rocks, ready for his moment to strike . . . or we’re witnessing another winter of inactivity and misinformation.
I don’t trust these guys anymore.
Let’s go back to Beltran, for a moment. The fans accepted that trade. This team hasn’t reached .500 since 2008. There’s this huge myth out there that blames the fans for management’s failures — the old saw, “You can’t rebuild in NY!”
And I’m calling bullshit.
I’m despairing a little bit, Mike. It feels like I’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t end well. Am I over-reacting?
No, I am with you. The lack of action is so bothersome. Wright’s salary was lowered for 2013, so was Bay’s. So far not a nickel of that has been invested. Hey, Jon Rauch will be gone, and Scott Hairston too. All of that would have suggested that maybe some move was going to be made that was adding payroll. Because right now it is going down, again.
Worse, we are not really building for 2014 and beyond either. We could trade Murphy for a prospect, or of course Dickey for some excellent prospects. Alderson scoffed at the latter, but why? If the organization does not think it can compete in 2013, why pretend? The fans are not dumb, and the bait and switch nature of things makes Mets fans angry. That is what keeps bothering me so much about Alderson. He fits in too well with the Wilpons — he seems as interested in honesty as they are. This is not the “Caine Mutiny.” We can handle the truth!
Hope dies hard. I still can’t entirely shake the feeling that something meaningful could still happen — doing nothing seems so unthinkable. As much as I like R.A. Dickey, I am rooting for a trade. I was ready to say goodbye to anyone, frankly, even David Wright, because this cycle of lukewarm malaise has got to be broken. You get the feeling that Alderson is afraid to make the simplest move. There he is at the supermarket cash register, paralyzed, pondering the question, “Paper or plastic?” He couldn’t trade Scott Hairston in July. He couldn’t pick up a useful, platoon bat against LHP after it was obvious in Spring Training that this team needed help in that area. He’s the opposite of Trader Jack. Do nothing and maybe nobody will ever criticize you. And guess what? For two years, that plan has worked. He’s been walking around with a Free Pass since he took the job. Let’s blame everything on Jason Bay and Johan Santana!
Again, I agree. However, it is not April yet. Just this week the Reds made a major trade. But to quote Yogi, “It’s getting late, early.” I’m ready to see something done by this front office. If we stand pat, Sandy Alderson has some explaining to do.
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