If the Mets trade Dickey, put them down for 95-100 losses and last place in 2013. Attendance at Citi Field won't match this past season's 2.2 million.
The Wilpons apparently have too much pride to admit how much their loss to Madoff hurt the team's ability to pay for the many players they so badly need.
I have been a die-hard Mets fan since their inception, when I was nine years old. The next few seasons are going to be difficult to watch. I know David Wright is making big bucks, but I feel for him, as he will likely spend the rest of his career with a bad organization and last place finishes.
I am also a huge anti-Wilpon Mets fan, I think they're quasi-criminals and morally bankrupt, but I support trading Dickey to fill holes. The problem is without an outfielder coming back it doesn't fill multiple holes.
I also understand the OP's point. We needed to go all in on a rebuild or try to piece together a competitive team through free agency and selective trades. We did neither again and went the half in route.
The pieces were available this winter to put a solid team on the field if they were willing or able to spend. Now, it's too late.
Free agent market looks pretty thin for an outfielder in 2014. Who are they going to spend money on? If we're lucky... Jason Bay could be available.
Jason Bay (35)Reed Johnson (37) - $1.6MM club option with a $150K buyoutJason Kubel (32) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyoutNate McLouth (32)Mike Morse (32)David Murphy (32)Xavier Nady (35)Laynce Nix (33)Martin Prado (30)Ryan Raburn (33)
Coco Crisp (34) - $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyoutRajai Davis (33)Jacoby Ellsbury (30)Carlos Gomez (28)Curtis Granderson (33)Franklin Gutierrez (31) - $7.5MM club option with a $500K buyoutTony Gwynn Jr. (31)Andres Torres (36)Chris Young (30) - $11MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Carlos Beltran (37)Shin-Soo Choo (31)Nelson Cruz (33)David DeJesus (34) - $6.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyoutChris Denorfia (33)Jeff Francoeur (30)Corey Hart (32)Xavier Nady (35)Hunter Pence (31)Jason Repko (33)Ichiro Suzuki (40)