"And got rid of a Cy Young pitcher because they didn't want to pay him. For an unproven prospect."
I stopped reading here. Dickey was not due a raise. He was under contract for 2013 for a measly sum of $5mil. There was no extra money that was even in danger of being put in play. He was not traded because "they didn't want to pay him", that is an uninformed, ignorant statement that shows you really don't really follow this all that closely.
Dickey was traded because he is 38, had one very friendly year left on his contract, and is at the absolute ceiling of his trade value. If you have followed the advanced Moneyball tactics that are being employed in today's game (note: "Old Moneyball" found value in OBP and allowed teams to get quality players on the cheap because many of the "old school" were not all that adept at applying Math to baseball, "New School Moneyball" as employed by teams like the Rays, A's, Reds etc. treat players like stocks. To NOT trade a player when their trade value is actually higher than their talent ceiling would be akin to buying a car and not selling it for twice the price after you had already put 50K miles on it).
Dickey had NOTHING to do with money. It had everything with being the smartest possible move.
"The only "plan" is to run things on a shoestring so the Wilpons can afford to keep the club. The team stinks. It's getting worse, not better. The Wilpons don't care. "
Are you anticipating the coming season with any degree of ... well, anticipation?
" And got rid of a Cy Young pitcher because they didn't want to pay him."
He was under contract. You could absolutely just let him play out the year and try to trade him at the deadline. You could also extend him and hope that while his 38 year old arm that was born without an ulnar collateral ligament would hold up and that his 38 year old legs would continue to be able to propel his knuckleball at speeds of over 85 mph. While knuckleballers to tend to have more legevity, Dickey is not a normal knuckler.
If his legs start to get old and that knuckler drops to a "Wakefield-esque" 75 mph, then you will start to see $10mil per season for a long reliever on your payroll.
The Mets made the right move, what you are advocating is just....well.....stupid.
<<"This was supposed to be a year of evaluation"
No it wasn't.
Alderson's first season (end of the yr) and last year was about evalutation. Before becoming manager, TC was the minor league coordinator and should have already had a good feel for the Mets upper-level talent.
How many years of evaluation are necessary?
The only OFer who may have a good season is Duda. Based on minor league careers and scouting reports, the rest are 4th/5th OFers, at best.
If you wait to trade him until mid season, you end up with less of a haul as the team taking him on now only gets a half a year rental.
In five years would you rather have memories of an extra half year of Dickey, or three years worth of wins from TDA and Syndagaard?