The New York Mets have a record of 31-38, they are in 4th place in the NL East and are 10 games behind the first place Washington Nationals. That is the good news, the bad news is this team continues to suffer from injuries and play inconsistent, sloppy, unmotivated baseball. This is a drastically different team that reached the World Series just two seasons ago. The Mets are at a crossroads, they can either hope things turn around or make drastic changes now to guarantee success for their future.
When we look at the best organizations in all of sports, the formula is simple. Teams like the Patriots, Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Cubs have a simple formula. Trade away aging veterans for young prospects and build your team through the draft.
Over the past 25 years…
• The Spurs have won 50 games or more for the past 18 seasons. During that time, they collected 5 NBA Championships. They have done this predominately through the draft and making great trades. The traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard on draft night in 2011.
• The Patriots continue to let aging players leave for more money and they constantly stock pile draft picks. If the Patriots do sign free agents they rarely give theme long-term contracts. Defensive back, Darrell Revis, was let go after winning a Super Bowl.
• The Warriors drafted Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry.
• The Cubs have a tremendous nucleus of players under 28 years old.
• Even the Yankees, who dominated the 1990s, had a core four of homegrown players…Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada.
It is time for the Mets to “Clean House.” They will not make the playoffs this season and they have a bunch of veteran players that would be very attractive to teams who are battling for the post-season. For decades, the Yankees have been “buyers” but last year they realized it was time to change the team. They let Alex Rodriguez leave the team, they traded Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova. It was the right move to make and New York is now 38-29, first place in the AL East.
Coaching Staff and Training Staff: Terry Collins and the entire coaching staff, have to go. Also, the Mets strength and conditioning coaches must be fired as well. I have never seen a team with more nagging injuries and muscle pulls in the history of the MLB. Collins may be a nice guy, but he is anything but an elite game day coach.
There are only 3 starting pitchers that the organization should be untouchable…Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler. Matt Harvey’s best performances are behind him, the days of him being “The Dark Knight” are a thing of the past. I would trade Harvey and Steven Matz for a talented outfield or third baseman. Syndergaard and deGrom are going to demand huge money. They should look for young pitchers whose salaries they can control over the next few years.
Buy out David Wright:
Mets fans may not like this but the Wright contract is the worst contract in baseball.
They are paying Wright $20 Mil this year and next year, $15 mil in 2019 and $12 mil in 2020. Wright will never play more than 90 games in a season. If the front office is counting on him to be anything other than a spot starter, they are clearly delusional. It is time to part ways with the man who used to be called “Captain America.” Thank you for your service but you are hurting the team more than helping.
Get rid of the “Big Guns”:
Lucas Duda: The first baseman is a free agent next season. He is a very good power hitter from the left side of the plate. In the right situation with the right team and home ball park, he can hit 35 home runs. Trade him now and get some value back before he walks away for free.
Jay Bruce: New York acquired Bruce last year at the trading deadline. He was a disappointment at first but he has really hit his stride. Bruce, not Michael Conforto, has been the teams MVP. Bruce has 19 home runs and 48 RBI’s. His stock has really risen and if a team is looking for a great power hitter from the left side of the plate, they will pay handsomely for Bruce.
Curtis Granderson: The man they call “The Grandy Man” production has dropped off over the past few seasons. Over the past 4 years he has batted .227,.259,.237 and he is batting .212. A team battling for the playoffs would love to have him on their roster because he is a great locker room guy and brings a professional approach.
Jose Reyes: I was against this signing last season. Reyes is batting .198. He has been terrible.
There are only a handful of players who I would deem untouchable…Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Zach Wheeler.
By making these moves, mentioned above, the Mets will give these young players a minimum of 8 weeks to learn on the job, grow and get used to the bright lights and big city. Keep that core five and for the rest of the roster I will quote the band Semisonic from the 1997 hit “Closing Time” the rest of the Mets players don’t have to go home but they can’t stay here.
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