Even though the past season in 2014 was supposed to be the year that the Mets were to contend for a world series title, they got a pass. Last season's expectations were inexplicably placed on this season, as if last year was not supposed to mean anything. Nevertheless, the Mets in a year where they are expected to attempt to make the playoffs, have done anything but show interest in doing so. Yes, they signed an old bonafide outfielder in Michael Cuddyer, but that is all they have done. Sandy Alderson continues to overvalue his youthful pitching and prospects to the point where he is not willing to give up anything. In a year where the Mets do not have a major league shortstop, they seem to be pretty content with that reality. This was no more evident than at the winter meetings in San Diego, California, where Sandy Alderson was not willing to give up a young pitcher or two for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, one of the best shortstops in the game when healthy! Hey Sandy, beggars can't be choosers. You have to give something to get something.
Sandy Alderson has gotten more passes for his putrid Mets teams than anyone can count. He is an overrated baseball mind and does not understand the concept of acquiring players that can actually play the game of baseball. Many people credit him with building of the 1989 Oakland Athletics championship team, where he supposedly created success with a money ball like mentality. That is a misconception regarding Sandy, because that team happened to have Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, along with a relatively high payroll for an Oakland sports team. Sandy has developed two or three good pitchers in his tenure with the Mets, but other than that, he has done nothing. He continues to be cheap and gives the fans no hope of anything positive on the horizon.
Sometimes you have to overpay for somebody, plain and simple. The idea that the Mets can live with Wilmer Flores at shortstop is flawed because he has never proven that he can actually play the position. The Mets even moved him out of the shortstop position in the minors! That shows how little confidence they must really have in him. So with the Mets desperately needing to acquire a shortstop at the winter meetings, they acquired journeyman outfielder John Mayberry Jr.?! Are you kidding me?! This team needs an intelligence evaluation because that is one of the biggest head scratchers I've seen in a long time.
Yes, Sandy cleared some contracts and cap space, but who cares. What is the point of him doing that if he won't spend a nickel of it! The excuses for this man must stop and he must be held accountable for his poor performance. Since the Mets have been in Citi Field under his watch, the Mets have not had a winning season! The facts speak for themselves, and the Mets are an organization void of any intelligence in the front office. For those thinking playoffs for this team, lets just hope they win 82 games first.