Tyler Kepner, New York Times: “By trading Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, pending the negotiation of a contract extension, the Mets essentially told their fans that they do not expect to contend for the next three years. The Mets have already staggered through four consecutive losing seasons, three shy of the franchise record. Now the wait to be relevant drags on.”
He does have a point, when you keep trading for prospects only, you basically are stalling and hoping. I don't think this trade was bad but too think this is going to solve the losing, I don't see it. This team does not have a QUALITY MAJOR LEAGUE OUTFIELDER on the roster or even in the system. How does this get fixed ? Alot of questions need to be answered for this team, I have been a fan since '69 and it starting to look like the mid-70's all over again.
"He does have a point, when you keep trading for prospects only, you basically are stalling and hoping."It's called rebuilding for the future and not doing trades for the sake of making trades.
The Mets and SA are in a tough position whether fans up here want to see or not. When a teamhas this many holes, trades become hazardous since you can't create any new holes.
Dickey's 38. He still has, I'm sure, at least 2 or 3 good years left. Had they kept him and signed him to a similar contract, that would be even less $$$ to spend.
So if we kept him, as far as I'm concerned, that would have sent the same message.
And yes - when you get prospects, you're hoping. And when you sign a big name player to a large contract, you do some hoping too.
1. Stock up on prospects.2. Down a road a year or two, you find out which ones will fill which spots on the roster.3. Fill remaining holes with FA's or trade players from an area where you have "excess".
I don't see that as being the case.
Starting 2013, the roster will have a good mix of vets and extremely talented young players (d'Arnaud, Wheeler, Harvey). By 2014, there should be enough money to add solid free agents.
By 2014-2015, the Mets lower-level top prospects should have advanced to the point of being close to ML-ready to either help the Mets or to be used as trade chips.