Fire Sale? No Way!

There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about whether the Mets should just hold a fire sale and trade much of their roster and start all over. Supporters of this plan say the Mets are far from being a contender, so why not trade players for quality prospects to gear up for a run in a few years? I say this is a horrible idea.

Nationals Mets BaseballMets fans are a fickle bunch. Sure, there are die-hard loyalists, the ones who watch every single game regardless of where the team is in the standings, and read blogs such as this. But then there are many, many others who abandon the team when the going gets rough. The Mets cannot afford to alienate these people, even if they are fair-weather fans.

The past two years have been bad enough, but at least fans had David Wright, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana and other familiar faces for whom to root. Take them away and what’s left? An anonymous, losing team. Who but the die-hards will care?

The Mets are going to drastically reduce their payroll for 2012 — that is a given. Sandy Alderson has already said he is not comfortable with the current roster’s $140-$150 million price tag. They have $65 committed for 2012. Given the Wilpons’ financial mess, I’ll bet the payroll next year won’t exceed $100 million.

That means Jose Reyes will likely be gone. That will  not sit well with the Mets faithful. If the Mets decide to deal Wright as well, there will be a full-out revolt. If the Mets want to rebuild, that’s fine, but they have to keep Wright and build around him. Joel Sherman wrote in the New York Post on Monday that the Mets have “been unable to keep any special players from soup to nuts.” Wright should be the first one. Fans need someone with whom to identify. Wright is that man.

It’s pretty incredible how quickly things have turned around for the Mets. In 2009, Sports Illustrated predicted that the Mets would win the World Series that year. Instead they lost 90 games. Just two short years later, the Mets are considered an also-ran — an overpriced, under-talented roster with ownership on the brink of collapse. Who ever thought it would come to this?

4 thoughts on “Fire Sale? No Way!

  • March 8, 2011 at 5:22 am
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    David Wright???? Are you kidding me? Build around his 160 to 200 strikeouts a year!?? I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen him whiff with guys in scoring position – can you? How many meaningless RBIs a year does he amass?

    Jose Reyes is the best everyday player on this team. Jose Reyes gives them a chance to win when he is in the lineup. David Wright is a good player who can elevate his game when there is a strong supporting cast around him. Jose Reyes is a superstar.

  • March 8, 2011 at 7:02 am
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    reyes WAS a superstar. but reyes has to learn that he is the leadoff hitter, not the cleanup hitter, so tell him to stop swinging for the fences and aim for the gaps. the mets aren’t a bad team, they just need someone to kick them back into shape. this team, if it doesn’t look similar to, is better than the 2006 team. that team’s right fielder, left fielder, and 2nd baseman were shawn green, cliff floyd, and jose valentine, respectively (all on the back ends of their careers). jason bay is better than any of those guys and assuming pagan returns to similar form from last year, so is he. the mets just need a little push from someone in the organization

  • March 9, 2011 at 8:19 am
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    Tom, who was the key to the 2006 squad?

    My point being that Jose Reyes is the best player on the Mets and if healthy the best shortstop in the NL. Name a SS you’d rather have?

  • March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm
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    reyes still has the talent to be a superstar and i really think he can be. he just needs someone to remind him to stop trying to be a power hitter. also, 2006 was 5 years ago, not to mention that team had so much more chemistry and confidence. reyes is still an excellent ball player and there really aren’t too many shortstops that are better than him. but he has to learn that he is best utilized swinging for the gaps and drawing walks, then messing with the pitchers while he’s on the basepaths

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