No Thanks To C.J.
As I slowly get myself back into the mix here at MMO, I’m starting to realize there is an absolutely ridiculous campaign going on for the Mets to pursue C.J. Wilson in free agency.
I think what bothers me the most about where our fan base is right now is the love affair with doing things over and over again after they have proven to not work.
What exactly has C.J. Wilson done in his career that makes a Mets fan covet him in free agency? Why is there a love affair with signing players past their prime who are destined to decline while in a Mets uniform? The Mets finished under .500 for the 3rd straight year, signing a player who will decline sooner than later doesn’t do this franchise any good.
In C.J. Wilson’s only 2 years as a starter, he’s given up 167 walks! You don’t win in Citi Field by giving up free bases. Just ask Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez.
Wilson’s hits allowed would likely drop in Citi Field (depending on park changes), but his walks won’t change. His actual ability to control his pitches will not be effected.
I think we need to start understanding as a group that this team is not ready to win it all. When you’re 1 piece away, sure maybe you consider a move like Wilson. However, this team is riddled with question marks right now. You don’t add a starting pitcher at 31 years old with poor control if you have 6-7 other spots you need to focus on.
The truth is, IF (big If) Santana comes back healthy next year, the Mets can realistically get away with going on the cheap in the rotation. Signing a guy like Wilson doesn’t make their CF, C, maybe SS, and almost entire bullpen better.
Realistically speaking, a rotation with a healthy Santana-Niese-Dickey-Pelfrey-Capuano/Gee is actually good enough in the NL if the other spots are taken care of. Signing Wilson only adds to expectations that shouldn’t be present. It’s putting a band-aid on a leak and hoping nobody pays attention to the real problems.
It looks like Pelfrey is coming back, so there may be nothing a Mets fan can do about that. If the Mets were to sign Wilson, who does he replace that he’s so much better than? Niese? Gee? Dickey?
It’s not that big of an upgrade, especially when you consider the money it would cost which in essence takes any available money away from any real needs the Mets have.
If we agree the Mets have limited funds this year (whether we like it or not), then we need to start wishing that they use those funds in a more creative and intelligent way rather than just grabbing a guy because he seems like the best free agent available.
If the roster is as we expect it is going into the Hot Stove, signing C.J. Wilson would be a terrible decision.
About the Author: Michael J. Branda
My time with MMO began in July of 2009 when I wrote a Fan Post defending Omar Minaya (before it was cool to do that.) I grew up a Mets fan with the mid 1980's teams. My favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, I like to think I meet in the middle. I believe thinking of new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the same way has not produced results. However, I think over-thinking certain situations can get you into trouble. I'm excited for the new regime, because I believe they have pieces in place to focus on several aspects of the Mets organization. I've waited this long for a World Series, waiting a few more years for another chance isn't going to kill me.
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