It is widely known that several years ago Sandy Alderson’s circled 2014 on his extended calendar as the year he would bring the Mets back into contention. His thinking had some merit; after all, the bad contracts would be gone. He just did not count on Ike Davis and Ruden Tejada. Actually, he did count on them, and that is now a huge problem.
You could just imagine Alderson’s thought process — most of the young pitching would be ready, the infield would be set, I’ll just have to get a couple of outfielders and a couple of bullpen arms and we’ll be good to go.
It made sense then, but now half of that Mets infield that was supposed to be a certainty is anything but. Because Davis and Tejada have faltered, Alderson has to spend precious time and money to replace Tejada and probably trade Davis. At the same time, he has to hope and pray that Lucas Duda can somehow turn his career around and live up to his early potential as Davis’s replacement.
Alderson was basically working without a net, hoping that the infield of Davis, Daniel Murphy, Tejada and David Wright would stay strong so he could concentrate on other areas of the team. But that did not happen, and now Alderson does not have enough money to fill all of the holes on the team. That does not even include replacing Matt Harvey. His injury was not in the plan, either.
So instead of having a complete ballclub, the 2014 Mets will once again be a team with glaring weaknesses. I predict that Alderson will get a shortstop and one outfielder, leaving the team to scramble at one outfield position and with a very questionable player at first base.
It was not supposed to be this way. And it is all the fault of Ike Davis and Ruden Tejada.