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You can’t turn “Afternoon Delight” into “Layla” no matter how good a singer you are, after all.
What on earth is the Loyalty Oath letter?
Wilmer Flores got called up. He's been playing SS in the minors and the Mets, a team desperate for offense, will look to see if his defense is better than Tejada's offense.
Bad, sure, but the Marlins had a 73 OPS+ just last year;
Assuming Flores can't really stick at SS (which seems like a safe bet, but you never know)
Matt Harvey was with the Mets this week rehabbing before the public eye, so it was a good time to remember that the men who own the Mets vowed in the spring of 2013 that this was going to be the year they blew the dust off their wallets and jumped back into the game, act like they own a team based in New York City, not Oklahoma City.
And, you know: act like True New Yorkers.
Then Harvey got hurt last year and you could almost hear the audible sighs of relief coming from the suits in the corporate suites: surely, nobody would hold us to that promise now – even if, when Fred Wilpon made that sacred pledge, Harvey was just a pitcher with a world of potential, not the Dark Knight of Gotham he became.
Wright was lied to to sign the team-friendly extension, the fans were lied to, and now the fans are being subjected to a moral judgment - that if they don't support the team, they aren't True New Yorkers.
Other than Drew, I'm not sure where they should have spent money this offseason. They could have made a Toronto-style deal and sold the farm for some overpriced vets, but I don't think anyone wanted to see them do that. They nabbed Granderson at $15 M/year, and Colon at $10 M/year and C. Young for whatever he cost. They had a bad week, but they have a shaky pen, and a poor offense, so they're going to be losing a lot of close games this year. Incidentally, their record right now is right in line with their Pythag.
Other than Drew, I'm not sure where they should have spent money this offseason.
Tanaka got a terrible contract that I would not have wanted the Mets to match.
I'd have liked to see them go after Jose Abreu, but it would have given them a serious roster problem.
We're going back a few years now, but if they had signed Reyes, he would pretty much have the same amount left on his contract that Granderson does right now; Reyes would help them out a lot more than Granderson will.
I had pretty much given up on Tejada after last season; I thought it was a real failure not improving on SS.
This is the best two paragraphs I've seen on the topic, ever. The entire 2011-2013 period was based on a promise that they would put money into the team and compete in 2014. When Harvey got hurt, they just had another excuse to go another year doing something that they shouldn't be doing in the first place. Wright was lied to to sign the team-friendly extension, the fans were lied to, and now the fans are being subjected to a moral judgment - that if they don't support the team, they aren't True New Yorkers. #### the Wilpons. They are literally the worst.
No bigger Reyes fan than myself, but I cannot really get down on the Mets for not making that deal, even if I've thought the Granderson deal sucked from the moment the pen hit paper.
I'm not just saying this because of last night, but I don't get why Granderson was a better option that Byrd. Byrd took less years, less money, and had been good more recently. I don't think the Mets were signing Granderson for the '16-'17 portion of the deal, and Byrd's a good bet to give them equal production in '14-'15. They had good balance in the lineup with Duda/Davis and Murphy. Defensively, Granderson's done nothing to inspire confidence, and he has one of the least accurate arms in recent memory. Last night, when the lefty intentionally walked Wright to get to Granderson, Hernandez said they signed Granderson to protect Wright, and then brushed away Granderson's career struggles against LHP.
Agree with the latter part but I'm pretty sure that 2015 was the unspoken target date, not this year.
I'm not trying to defend the four-year contract, but weren't the Mets more interested in a left-handed bat? (I don't know that I would call Murphy and Duda/Davis "good balance.")
Also, didn't they suspect that Byrd was due for serious regression?
Don't know about everyone else, but I was surprised Byrd didn't get at least $10 M.
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