If Collins Is The Man, Then What’s The Hold Up?

So when is Sandy Alderson going to make it official that Terry Collins will be back as Mets manager in 2014?  If Collins is “his guy” then why wait? Give him a raise and another year plus an option.  What’s the hold up?

Could it be there is a schism in the front office think tank? From this quote from Alderson there could be:

I think I’ve been pretty open about my support of Terry,” Alderson told reporters. “I think he’s done an excellent job across the board with the talent that he’s had, with the injuries that he’s had to endure, with the other changes in personnel. I think he’s handled all of those situations and individual events exceptionally well. On the other hand, we haven’t won, and that’s always an issue. But it’s not always a result that can be pinned on the manager.

From that statement it seems that one or more of Alderson’s cabinet members is playing the Win Card. Alderson states what is a huge indictment on the team and organization when he says the club is not exactly oozing with talent, the old chicken salad out of chicken shit theory, but all are not buying into it.

Who or whomever on the staff that’s pitching the “yeah but” on Collins coming back is on the same page as me. If (when) it’s announced that Collins will be back in the manager’s office for the Mets next season, I won’t kick and scream about it but it’s also not the move I’d make if I were the GM.  

I would not fire Collins, I’d reassign him to the job he is very good at, minor league coordinator. Yes, the team plays hard for Collins and they do compete but in order to get this team back to relevancy, the Mets need a manager who puts the premium on winning. Collins seems to find a silver lining wherever he can, like finishing in 3rd place in the NL East. Seriously, who gives a shit, 3rd  4th or last, if you ain’t in first you ain’t shit.     

Bringing Collins back as manager is just treading water, the GM has to make a huge statement this winter as does ownership in making the team relevant again. Right now the Mets are at NJ Devils level of nobody cares.

Alderson keeps saying he’s in Collins corner and feels he’s done well with the hand he’s been dealt, so if that’s the case what’s he waiting for? Could it be his lieutenants are making a better case for change in manager?

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TO DEAL OR NOT TO DEAL, THAT IS THE QUESTION……

I guess it doesn’t matter who runs the Mets, injuries are still more complicated than high school trigonometry. Jose Reyes is set to hit the DL except Terry Collins is worried about not having Jose for the Phillies series after the All-Star break. I guess TC feels the Mets still have a shot at winning the division and as great as it would be to win that series, it’s more important to get Reyes healthy and to not play shorthanded. The Mets under Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya were raked over the coals for doing this and it seems this way of doing baseball business has spread to the new regime as well. Reyes hasn’t played in five days and hasn’t felt any improvement in his tight hammy. Now he and his agent have decided to get a second opinion, fine. The original diagnosis was a Grade 1 strain of the hamstring, which is supposedly the least severe but because no one on the Mets is a fast healer, this Grade 1 may be worse than first thought, hence the second opinion.

Meanwhile Nick Evans is sitting in an airport in Buffalo waiting to board a plane to LA to join the big club. What’s interesting with Evans becoming a Triple A star, this could be the break he needs. If he does take Reyes place on the Mets when Reyes comes back, the roster move made will be an interesting one. Evans has cleared waivers twice this season, if he can translate his hitting from Buffalo to the big club, it’s doubtful he’ll pass thorough waivers again.  Good for Nick bad for the Mets.

I was happy to see Sandy Alderson agree with my premise that the Mets are relevant again if not contenders. Still, Alderson is trying to balance relevancy and being in the hunt for a post season berth with the need to deal off some parts to build a better future for the Mets and keep the fan base interested enough to keep buying tickets and watching on TV. That’s a tough task.

To deal off Frankie Rodriguez (if Alderson can pull this off he is the GM I thought he’d be) Izzy and Tim Brydak that wouldn’t be a detriment to the team at all, as you have cheaper and just as efficient if not better replacements in Bobby Parnell, Pedro Beato and Mike O’Connor. The other trade chip will be easier to deal but could take the heart and soul out of this team.

No matter if you’re a Beltran fan or foe, you cannot deny Carlos is having the most fun he ever had as a Met. Not only is he more than productive but when you see him giving “The Claw” to his teammates and then have them give him a hard time when he forgets to give the signal to the bench, a happy Beltran is a productive Beltran, it’s hard not feel good for him. It kills the anti-Beltran faction of the fan base because they can’t find any negatives about Carlos this season. Willie Harris has proclaimed him the leader of the team. His teammates see him pull on his knee brace and play every day and never complain about the pain that you know he has in that knee. With no Wright or Ike in the lineup, he has taken it on himself to stay out there every day.

With all that, Alderson should trade Beltran for the good of the future of the club and for the good of Beltran. The rest of baseball is watching Beltran closely and there will be no shortage of suitors for Alderson to make a deal with. It will hurt in the short run but dealing Carlos Beltran may be the best for the long term for the Mets.

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