While other teams go out and sign top free agents, make blockbuster trades or sign international free agents, the Mets are content adding other teams' castoffs; as long as they will agree to a one year deal for one million bucks.
Once we add several non-tendered players, the Wilpons will give their annual speech about playing meaningful games in September while their many (paid?) defenders will crow about how much these owners value winning.
ANd we all know how Sandy Alderson is so good of a talent evaluator that he can go and sign legit players to help the team. I realize Mets do not have money, but if you throw money around to all these free agents not costing a lot, should not you be successful about 50% of the time, at least? This is Sandy's third off-season and what does he have to show for it? Minor leagues are still in a terrible shape. Mets have 2 top 100 prospects - Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia (signed by Minaya). It is too early to judge Sandy Alderson on Zack Wheeler as he might be his only legacy when Sandy leaves in about two or so years.A whole slew of players come to mind that Sandy failed on:Signing Terry Collins as Manager (he has not been MLB Manager in a long time and noone else was interested in him)Trading Pagan for Ramirez and TorresSigning DJ Carrasco to 2 yearsSigning Frank Francisco to 2 yearsSigning Jon RauchSigning Brad Emaus to be everyday 2nd BasemanSigning Miguel BatistaSigning Manny AcostaSigning Chris Young (twice)Siging Omar Quintanilla
Some OK moves are signing RA Dickey and Scott Hairston and trading Beltran for Wheeler (too early to judge).
Sandy Alderson has not managed MLB team in a long time. The only successful experience he had as GM was when he presidied over steroid-filled Oakland team (just about every player on his team is suspected of steroid use, certainly two best guys in Canseco and McGuire).
I don't mind waiting and being patient. I just don't believe Sandy is the right guy for rebuildingand making Mets contender again be it in 2 years or 10 years.
I actually feel Omar Minaya was a better talent evaluator who was way over his head as being GM of Major League team.
"I still can't believe we didn't pursue Chapman, Cespedes"
Chapman is getting paid 2m next year! LOL that is NOTHING. If we had both Cespedes and Chapman, that would have EASILY meant another 10 wins this past year. Too bad the wilpons aren't committed to winning....
<<"Did you see the thread about trading Murphy? People are talking about him as if he's an above average hitter"
You can knock Murphy defensively, but he is a good bat and a well above-average offensive 2bman.
<<"This guy wouldn't start on half of the teams that made the playoffs last season"
I don't know if that's true, but since playoff teams are the better teams, that's not really a terrible indictment.
"The sad thing is that lot's of people here think the team is better than it actually is. Did you see the thread about trading Murphy? People are talking about him as if he's an above average hitter. This guy wouldn't start on half of the teams that made the playoffs last season. Too many koolaid drinking Mets fans are divorced from reality."
And this bothers you why? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. What do you want all posters to blindly agree with you? Why? What makes you so special?
Frankly nothing that I can see all you do is brandish your chest and thump it about your personal accomplishments and attack others that have any optimistic at all. My suggestion, if all you say is true, Grow UP.