"How is this team not going to lose 100 games?"
Eh, I can't see that happening. My hopes and expectations are that Harvey keeps it up, Wheeler comes up and has an impact, Ditto D'Arnaud, Ike has the same sort of year power-wise and also brings up the BA, and (with less hope frankly) Kirk adjusts and lowers his K's, Baxter turns out to be a solid OF'er though most likely as a backup and platoon role.
It really does. They were also a fun group.
I honestly cannot even believe Hairston was let go. I really didn't expect it. This is not a remotely steep price and he'd have gotten more playing time here. So either Sandy really is confident something else will happen or the team truly is broke.
good for him.
Our OF is going to be historically lousy though. it would have been lousy even with him, but yesh, it's terrible now.
"When complimentary players are "too expensive", it's beyond the joke stage."
For a complimentary player to be worth signing at all there needs to be something to compliment. The Mets are not good enough to slap a band-aid on with one signing and pretend to be in the game. they are better off sitting on the sidelines and developing their own talent to either use next year or trade away.
"I say get the 2000/2001 gang back together - Timo, Agbayani, and Payton."
Amazingly enough, that outfield looks All Star caliber in comparison to what we have now."
Were people laughing about that outfield prior to the 2000 season?
I agree pitching is more important. However, the argument against signing a player like Hairston has been that it doesn't make us contenders, he's not a long-term building block and there's no difference between winning 74 games and 77 games.
Now you tell me how signing Marcum for one season differs.