Mets Plunge Calls Everything Into Question
by John Jastremski
Jun 26, 2018 | 9185 views | 0 0 comments | 477 477 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s truly hard to believe that a week before the Fourth of the July the Mets season is all but over.

How did it happen? The 11-1 start and feel-good first few weeks of the year feel like another lifetime ago.

The reality of the Mets situation is this: they’re a bad baseball team. No if’s, no and’s, no but’s.

As of June 26, there is no team in the National League that has fewer wins.


The tanking Miami Marlins and the woeful Cincinnati Reds have played far better baseball.

For the Mets to go from an 11-1 start to a 31-45 record is honestly hard to do.

There is plenty of blame to go around, and usually the first place Mets fans like to start is with ownership.

I’m not exactly going out on much of a limb by saying the Wilpon’s aren’t exactly beloved by the Met fan base.

I have been critical of ownership in the past, and I understand the complaint among many fans that their owners will never go that extra mile to build a championship team.

It’s a fair and honest critique.

However, the Met problems this season go beyond their ownership, because no team in baseball spent more in free agency than the New York Mets.

The biggest issue with the Mets is without question their front office, which has put together a one-dimensional baseball team with a lack of talent across the board.

Remember, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson brought in a good amount of free agents with the hope they would compliment a roster that was ravaged by injuries and underperformance a year ago.

I ask anybody reading this column a simple question: what free agent move the Mets made over the winter time has paid off this year?

Todd Frazier? Mediocre at best. What about Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak or Adrian Gonzalez?

Hide the women and children.

If you compare the Met offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies, it’s quite the contrast.

Would you rather have the Met bunch that was brought in or ace pitcher Jake Arietta and first basemen Carlos Santana?

Clown question, bro.

You could have had two major difference makers, instead the Mets chose a group of five free agents that have amounted to basically nothing.

The Met brain trust has failed miserably in free agency, but in a time when everyone acrosst baseball is looking to get younger, the Mets do not have the horses within their minor league system to make a difference.

Player development via the draft and the international market is just not doing the job.

That’s on Sandy Alderson and his brain trust, not the Wilpon’s.

Can’t sign the right free agents, can’t develop players, can’t find players internationally; not a good mix.

Sandy Alderson was brought to the New York Mets to provide instant credibility in the front office and find a way to win with a manageable payroll.

He was able to accomplish that goal in 2015, but the last few years make it impossible to believe that next year he is still the right man for the job.

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