"At the All star break they were six games over and 4.5 games out and they had no intention of trying to add payroll and make a run"
How do you know that?
chicken or the egg.
Bottom line the GM/Owners were evaluating the teams chances of making a run before spending.
So basically, your argument is that the team should have spent and hoped the aquisitions would have maintained first half success into the playoffs.
What acquistions would you have made to achieve this?
"Last year the Mets in the same position traded away Beltran during the all star break and the team died."
And we got back Wheeler.
"This year the Mets did nothing and the team died"
And how would you have felt if they had dealt a prospect like Harvey to get a piece and the team still died? Like the Giants did when they traded for Beltran.
"Mets were 4 games under and 12 games out at the deadline, upgrading the team doesn't only cost money it costs prospect, would it have been worth it at that point?"
I didn't expect the team to make a huge acquisition and give up tons of prospects but I DID expect them to make a trade where all they had to do is basically take on the contract (Krod for example). A trade like that would have costed a nobody prospect and would have just had to pick up the contract. THAT is why I was annoyed at ownership (since they were the ones calling the shots). I honestly believe that they expected to not be competitive last season and when they had "money to spend at the deadline", what they REALLY meant was "we aren't spending because it is pointless since we are out of it." THEN...we started to win and that would have put a ton of pressure on ownership to spend to improve the team due to the team's success. But in the end they didn't have to worry about it since the team collapsed and got to use their "we're out of it anyway" excuse which I believe was the plan since the beginning.
"Not when you never use it."
"I didn't expect the team to make a huge acquisition and give up tons of prospects but I DID expect them to make a trade where all they had to do is basically take on the contract (Krod for example)."
Who was available like that at that time?