The Mets’ Plan Is To Hope The Phillies Get Old In A Few Years?

An article by posted on November 6, 2011

Joel Sherman of the NY Post spoke to a Mets official who told him the Mets plan is to hope the Phillies get old and try to overtake them in 2013 or 2014.

Word continues to circulate in baseball circles that the Mets will be willing to discuss David Wright in trades this offseason as part of a complete facelift/rebuild away from Wright and Jose Reyes.

“We will listen on Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in 2013-14, and we have to figure out ways to speed the process to get there.”

In other words, if the Mets could find the young, defensive-oriented center fielder they crave plus an arm or two in exchange for Wright, they will seriously consider it.

We’ve already heard this stance before on Wright and if they can get the right pieces for him to improve the team then do it.

The whole waiting for the Phillies to get old thing sounds like an awful plan. I was hoping the team would have a more proactive plan to take the NL East that didn’t depend so heavily on backing in.

The other thing that concerns me is that Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn’t seem like the type of general manager that will let his team simply wither away. When they lost Aaron Rowand they went after Jayson Werth, and when Werth moved on, in came Hunter Pence. Reports are heating up that Michael Cuddyer will soon replace Raul Ibanez, and we all saw how Jon Lieber, Adam Eaton and Jaime Moyer were replaced by Lee, Halladay and Oswalt. This is not a team that sits on their hands.

The Phillies also have plenty of cash to play with as $50 million dollars in payroll commitments have dropped off their $165 million payroll from 2011, and they plan on re-investing it.

The Phillies will also get two top draft  picks each for Type-A free agents Ryan Madson, Roy Oswalt and Jimmy Rollins if they let them go. They will also get sandwich picks for Brad Lidge and Raul Ibanez. That could add up to eight of the first 50 picks in the draft depending on who goes where. Eight top draft picks… And believe me, the Phillies know how to pick ‘em…

Waiting for the Phillies to get old sounds like a very terrible idea… Very ill conceived… Who hatched up this plan?

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