Mets fans have had a solid month to reflect after another disappointing season in 2012. For some of us, it has been a time to cool off. While many fans may not be happy about the direction of the team–I assure you, things are going to get better.
It may not look like it right now, but the Mets do have a bright future. Everyone gets caught up about fixing the situation right now, but the fact of the matter is 2014 is right around the corner. I don’t expect the Mets to do anything this off-season. And it doesn’t really matter.
The Mets really shouldn’t make any trades (unless something really big comes along–see below), or sign any significant free agents this off-season. The first and only thing the Mets have to do this winter is get David Wright signed to an extension. Aside from that, they should look to sign a solid bullpen arm like Jonathan Broxton or Ryan Madson. If they want to take a risk they should also bring in Joakim Soria, who can probably be signed at a major discount (coming off Tommy John surgery). Aside from that, the Mets should not pursue any other free agents.
If the Mets are going to make a trade they should move RA Dickey this winter. Sell high, and bring in outfield/catcher help now, so you don’t have to wait until after 2013 when Jason Bay’s and Johan Santana’s contracts come off the books. There is supposedly no shortage of teams interested in acquiring Dickey, so the GM meetings (which begin today), may get very interesting for the Mets. Look for them to trade Dickey before the winter meetings commence. I will be shocked if Dickey is still in Flushing for the start of 2013.
If the Mets play their cards right, they can get the help they need this off-season. Trade Dickey, and sign some bullpen help–it’s simple enough. He may be a fan favorite, but the Mets starting rotation will not fall apart if Dickey is traded. It also opens the door for Zack Wheeler to join the big league team sometime in early May (if not sooner).
It’s time to turn that frown upside down, Mets fans. Not only do I think the Mets will be contenders in 2013, but they will be the team to beat in the NL East by 2014.
You heard it here first.
I have seen everyone make their bold predictions for the past month–well there is mine. You may disagree, but the fact of the matter is, the Mets are building a better future. Mets fans may flip out when Dickey is traded, but as long it is for established MLB players, and not prospects, it is the second smartest thing the team can do this off-season. The smartest thing is obviously getting David Wright signed so there is a solid foundation to build on.