Sometimes I wonder if Terry Collins and the front office are on the same page. More often than not, it seems the Mets skipper operates in his own parallel universe doing his own thing, while the rest of the organization carries on without him in lockstep with Sandy Alderson’s agenda and plan for the future.
It’s amazing to me that Collins was extended by Alderson last offseason, considering how often the two of them have clashed philosophically.
On the one hand you have a GM who is focused on building something lasting that hinges mostly on player development both at the minor and major league levels.
And then you have Terry Collins who couldn’t care less about developing any of the young players on his roster.
“We’ve got to start winning. We don’t have time to develop players right at the moment,” Collins said last month, when asked why Wilmer Flores had only one start in the last ten games.
How can such competing philosophies coexist?
Perhaps they’re not coexisting and in fact maybe the two philosophies are cancelling each other out.
With the Mets already double-digits in games back, and double-digits in games under .500, you would think it’s pretty apparent that the team will be sellers once again at the trade deadline, despite what Sandy Alderson says publicly.
But yet again, there was Terry Collins on Sunday, communicating his own message that the Mets would not be trading off any pieces and scoffing at the notion that the team might be sellers.
“We’re one or two pieces away from being really good. We’re not going to give up major pieces to help somebody else right now,” Collins said. “We’re trying to win games here, too.”
So as the 2014 season trudges along, continue to expect plenty of playing time for veterans like Bobby Abreu and Chris Young, while the younger options get sporadic playing time and have their development put on hold.