Reeling from a lackluster 2012 season, the New York Mets entered the offseason with the mentality that they needed to rebuild the organization from the ground up. They needed to decide which veterans would anchor their franchise moving forward, and which players needed to be let go, regardless of their contract situation.
Relatively early on in the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson seemed to understand what he needed to do. Recognizing that the Jason Bay experiment had failed, he and the Mets cut ties with the troubled outfielder, severing their relations while paying out the rest of his contract over the next few years with deferred payments of undisclosed amounts. Seeing the need to anchor at least one franchise player, the Mets moved to sign David Wright to a contract that almost ensures he’ll retire in a Metropolitans uniform. And, lastly, realizing the bargaining chip he had in Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, Alderson moved to deal the knuckleballer to Toronto for a host of promising prospects that included the likes of Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.
Despite the fast start to the offseason, the Mets offseason operations have come to a grinding halt. Seemingly strapped by payroll issues, the Mets have not made any major moves since the R.A. Dickey trade. The money issues the Mets have faced the past few seasons have taken their toll; the team, with a payroll that is already almost maxed out for the upcoming 2013 season, they’ve been left with a depleted outfield and bullpen. Additionally, other pieces that could prove to be the glue on a falling apart squad, such as Scott Hairston, have not been signed. With only a little over two months until Opening Day, it doesn’t seem promising that the Mets will make any groundbreaking roster moves prior to the 2013 season.
Grading this offseason, it seems that Sandy Alderson should receive a C, and at the max a B-, if that. While it’s understandable that the Mets are rebuilding for the future, the offseason Alderson has produced and the Mets inability to make moves due to their payroll issues thus far have left Mets fans with very little to look forward to in 2013.
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