More roster moves were made today by the NY Mets and they were met with a lot of head shaking by Mets fans. Seems the consensus is, Mets fans would rather see Wilmer Flores play shortstop over Ruben Tejada , hell, Mets fans would welcome anyone but Ruben Tejada playing at the shortstop spot.
As far as the fifth starter spot goes, the Mets made the mistake of televising Jenry Mejia’ start against the Nationals. Mets fans who don’t fancy basketball or Law and Order SVU marathons, watched Mejia hold a Nats lineup that looks as close to their everyday lineup as you can get in March, in check for 5 innings. But instead of happiness the Mets fans were told that Mejia could still pitch for Wally Backman and Frank Viola in Las Vegas while Daisuke Matsuzaka is the leading candidate to grab the 5th starter.
We then find out that Ike Davis was pulled from a split squad game due to “fatigue”. Seems with all the inaction that has involved Davis this spring, playing baseball for four straight days has Ike on the verge of exhaustion.
This is what you get when your payroll is in the bottom third of MLB. You get shortstops without range or the ability to hit, you get washed up vets who pitch over youngsters with promise so you can slow their arbitration clocks and you get four first basemen and the one who looks the most as a big league player (Eric Campbell) can’t even get on your forty man roster.
Again the Mets play in the capital of the universe, in a state of the art ballpark and OWN a big share of a TV Network (the unwatchabilty of SNY is a post for a rainy day) and STILL this team is in the bottom third of payroll with no sense of urgency of breaking out the lower tier.
Sure the team spent money this offseason on Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, who by the way Ron Darling could not heap enough praise on during yesterday’s telecast, and Bartolo Colon. But why did the club stop there.
Why didn’t Sandy Alderson work a deal for a big league shortstop? Is the party line of not trading the young pitchers because of the talent of the pitchers or is it that their salaries are controllable and a bona fided big league shortstop makes a lot of money? Why isn’t there a veteran backup catcher to help out Travis d’Arnaud ?
For any fans of the other NY sports teams it’s hard to digest the Mets tight purse strings. Yes I know the other three major sports teams in this town all work under a salary cap. The NHL and NFL have a hard cap whereas the NBA has a cap but you go over you pay a penalty. James Dolan and Mikhail Prokhorov have no problem going over the cap and paying the penalties, sure one team is competitive and the other struggling but even Dolan who is seen by many as the worst owner in town (far from it, the Wilpon’s still hold that belt) went out and signed the best basketball person available in Phil Jackson to fix his beleaguered NY Knicks.
For all the guff that Glen Sather gets he has still put together a Stanley Cup competitive team every year and Dolan has given him the monetary resources to make player moves to help the team (no one gives a rat’s ass about the Islanders and Devils sorry fans of those teams but even you know the New York Rangers own this city hockey wise).
The NY Giants lost their first six games last season, the ownership of John Mara and Steve Tisch didn’t panic they waited out the storm. The G-Men went 7-3 in their last 10 games. A solid recovery but not to where the owners were happy. So what did Mara/Tisch do? Cleaned house on the offensive coaching staff that had grown stagnant rebuilt the secondary via free agency and brought in kick returners to bolster poor special teams. That’s what owners who are winners and are committed to winning do. That’s why there is a waiting list for Giants season tickets. You won’t see Giants tickets on Groupon.
As for the Jets see the hockey paragraph above.
With all the holes at shortstop, first base and behind the plate the biggest hole we have is Mets ownership. Nothing will change until they’re gone.