This off-season hasn’t been kind to Mets fans who had hopes for 2013. Sure, the Wilpon family agreed to make the necessary financial commitment to keep David Wright in blue and orange for the rest of his productive major league career, but every other move Sandy Alderson has made this winter has been with an eye towards 2014 and beyond or just accumulating enough bodies to make sure the Mets and Las Vegas 51s can fill their rosters this year.
For the record, I’m on board with prioritizing the future… but the Mets haven’t finished a season with a winning record since 2008 and I can’t remember the last season that didn’t end in bitter defeat or plain old resignation. Did we feel good about the future after the season in 2005? It sure would be nice to see some visible progress.
Sunday, Jon Heyman tormented us with this gem:
My initial reaction was to laugh. My next thought:
I think Alderson will continue to sift through the pool of unemployed outfielders, starting pitchers and relievers that aren’t drawing a lot of interest elsewhere… Let’s face it: free agents with choices aren’t going to pick the Mets unless the money is a lot better or the only other options are teams like the Miami Marlins. But now we’ll probably get a new round of speculation over Michael Bourn, Justin Upton or other unrealistic options.
I’m tired of expecting things from the New York Mets organization. I just want to see a few fake baseball games from the Grapefruit League, and then I want to spend a few nice afternoons or evenings at the ballpark.
We’re just over a month away from spring training. I wish I felt more than a shred of optimism.
Do you think the 2013 Mets will be better or worse than last year’s 74-88 team?