The Token Move of Appeasement

January 26, 2010


There are several steps to a baseball fan’s off season thinking.

Step 1:

What does every fan want in the off season?  You know the answer.  You look at the shortcomings of last year’s roster and begin to prioritize ways to upgrade the team for the better.  “We need A, B, then C.  If we do that and get these guys to fill those voids, we can be a contender.”  Every baseball fan, regardless of allegiance, follows this line of thinking.

Step2:

The next step is to throw a bit of realism into the equation.  Every team has a budget to follow.  If you are a Kansas City Royal fan, you know that your team’s payroll is extremely restricted. Therefore a Royal fan must keep his off season expectations in check.

This brings us to our beloved Mets.  If we follow this type of equation, we arrive at a place that makes us feel as if we took a wrong turn off of the turnpike, even though we knew exactly where we were going when we embarked on our journey.  Follow the Met fan 2 Step Plan to see what I mean.

Step 1 for the Met fan:

At the conclusion of the 2009 debacle, we saw more holes that needed filling then we can ever remember in any offseason.  The most notable of these were in Left Field, First Base and the Starting Rotation.  (I mentioned that these were the most notable, and clearly not the only holes that needed filling.)  Regardless of what opinion you might have had on the matter, there was clearly a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to make the 2010 Mets a competitive team.

Step 2 for the Met fan:

As far as that reality factor I mentioned, the Mets are still a team that is perceived by most as being a “Have” team.  If I may take it a step further, let me state my belief that the Mets are still one of the most profitable franchises in the major leagues.  I believe this to be true regardless of whatever financial hit they took with our buddy Bernie Madoff.  Even if Sterling Equities lost a considerable amount of money in this ordeal, I still look at the fact that the Mets generate tremendous annual revenues through SNY and the attraction that is Citifield.  Forget about general ticket sales and merchandise.  I won’t even go there.

Outcome:

Now that we are 23 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, let us assess how the Mets have rebuilt our team for 2010.

Key Additions:

LF – Jason Bay

CF – Gary Matthews, Jr.

C -Henry Blanco

C -Chris Coste

SP/RP – Kelvim Escobar

RP – Ryota Igarashi

The current depth chart for the Mets is as follows (projected starter followed by backup):

C – Blanco – Omir Santos

1B – Daniel Murphy – ?

2B – Luis Castillo – Alex Cora – Anderson Hernandez

SS – Jose Reyes – Alex Cora – Anderson Hernandez

3B – David Wright – ?

LF – Bay – Angel Pagan

CF – Matthews, Jr. – Angel Pagan – Carlos Beltran

RF – Jeff Francoeur – Angel Pagan

SP – Santana, Pelfrey, Maine, Oliver Perez, Jonathon Niese, Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa

Bullpen – Igarashi, Bobby Parnell, Felciano, Kelvim Escobar, Sean Greene, R. A. Dickey

Closer – K-Rod

However your off season equation read, I am sure that you are immensely disappointed in the current roster to date for the Mets.  I for one felt that if the Mets were serious about winning, then they would surely increase payroll from last year in order to right what was wrong.  As it stands today, it is obvious that the Mets have no intention of increasing payroll a single dollar.

Instead, we got the pat on the shoulder from management when they signed Jason Bay as their “marquee” signing.  I call this the “Token Move of Appeasement” that we so often receive.  In yet another way of looking at it, I see this as something for the starving fan to feed upon so that they will keep quiet and thank their benefactor for his graciousness.  “You see, we gave you what you wanted, didn’t we?”  If we were to answer no in anger, they would surely ignore our response. Wouldn’t they?

Perhaps the time has come where we should no longer allow Jeff Wilpon to ignore our displeasure.  What are your suggestions?

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6 Responses to “The Token Move of Appeasement”

  1. Lance Z Says:

    Good start here David. I personally would have named the blog “Tampon or Wilpon” and started listing the pros an cons of each. I think we would eventually arrive at the fact that tampons are a more reliable, useful, and LESS bloody mess than the Mets… But that’s just me talking here.

  2. The Coop Says:

    Great site! I saw your link on Metsmerized – I’m going to give you a shout-out on my site as well. I have a similar piece on being gone with Wilpons myself (the epicenter of the Mets problems) today called “Oink.” Peace.

  3. Bear Man Says:

    Liking what you’ve got to say. I’m putting you on my blogroll as well (Studious Metsimus).

    Before I start ranting on my site about today’s Ben Sheets move…you know…the one the Mets didn’t make…I’ll give you my take on the Mets this year.

    I think players would rather play for the Bad News Bears than the Mets. How else would you explain quality players like Sheets signing with a last place team like Oakland rather than playing for a team like the Mets, who have more resources than the Athletics? At least we think they have more resources.

  4. Francesco Says:

    After Bay, Lackey and Holliday, the FA market this off-season was kinda lousy. So I’m glad they got Bay.

    That being said, there is no reason the Mets should have passed on a year of Nick Johnson for $6.5 million that he inked with NYY or Adam Laroche for $4.5 million that ARZ gave him…two solid options for 1B that were passed on that would have been great stopgaps until Ike Davis is ready to possibly take over.

    In terms of C, there was really noone out there worth pursuing. Molina was an OK option, but his OBP is no better than what the Mets already have. And Santos knows the staff. Blanco is a decent backstop. Thole and Coste could be nice options at AAA. Maybe the Mets make a run at Joe Mauer next season. Who knows?

    In terms of SP, they should have made a run at Lackey. There is no reason they shouldn’t have at least been in contact with his agent. The guy is a legit #2. No wonder the Sox gobbled him up so quickly. Pineiro, meh. Randy Wolf, meh. I was hot for Ben Sheets, but maybe $10 million is too much of a risk on a guy that always ends up o the DL. Jon garland would have been nice, but I can see the Mets gobbling up John Smoltz for a year. Maybe they have plans for Escobar in the roto. Who knows?

    In terms of 2B, I’d love a replacement for Castillo, ala O-Dog, and so would the Mets, but noone wants Luis and his $12 million. Just a rotten signing by Minaya..along with Oliver Perez. A terrible waste of resources.

    I do like the Bay signing, but other than that, I give the Mets off-season a D+.

    Hope for health, some good fortune and pray for rain when Perez, Maine, and Pelfrey are on the hill, I suppose.

  5. Mack Says:

    good job and good site…

    but a lifelong name about a man that will never… I repeat… never sell his team in yours or my lifetime…

    why?

    it would take volumes…

    Mack


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