Mets fans should not look for any Christmas gifts from the team under the tree Wednesday morning, but that’s only because Santa Sandy Alderson delivered early this year.
Unlike previous years when all we got was a lump of coal (I think I might be mixing up my holidays here), this year we actually got decent players. First, it was Chris Young whose $7.25 million salary might have been a bit of an overpay, but it is only for one year and he does have power potential.
Then Santa Sandy brought Curtis Granderson down the chimney. Granderson will hopefully bring the power bat that has been missing for the past few years and he will also be a team leader.
Then we unwrapped Bartolo Colon. I am fearful that the soon-to-be 41-year-old will break down, especially in the unnecessary second year of his contract, but at least Alderson went out and got a quality pitcher rather than scrapping the bottom of the barrel like he usually does.
While fans will still be looking for a shortstop or a first basemen in their stockings, it is unlikely to happen unless Stephen Drew somehow falls into Santa’s lap after the last kid leaves it.
It is a good Christmas for Mets fans because the team showed it is willing to spend some money. Still though, an $87 million payroll is shameful for a New York team. But it’s Christmas — let’s try to be positive for a change.