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Friday, October 26, 2012

Megdal: Maybe the Mets are just not that into Wright and Dickey

Megdal’s latest…

So the problem is a fairly straightforward one. If the Mets have simply adjusted their timeline, they have plenty of time to retain Wright and Dickey, since the two are under team control for another year.

But if the team still intends to explore trades for Wright and Dickey once they pick up each player’s team option in early November, then the lack of action in October is potentially fatal to those efforts.

The inaction doesn’t make sense. Alderson is absolutely right that the sooner the Mets have clarity on the Wright and Dickey situations, the sooner he can build the 2013 team. Dealing them both opens up $21 million in salary for 2013, while creating the need for a starting pitcher and third baseman.

...The team’s strategy succeeded in tarnishing Reyes (see the reaction to him among some fans at Wednesday night’s Knicks-Nets game), and drawing attention from their bad-faith negotiation, which is what made his departure inevitable.

Increasingly, the pattern with Dickey and Wright appears to be following the Reyes template.

The Mets still have time to course-correct. But their declaration of October a vital month to resolve the two situations, before proceeding to waste that month without even preliminary engagement with the players in question, seems to say an awful lot about where things are headed.

Repoz Posted: October 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: October 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4284384)
I have no particular desire to cut Wilpon slack, but this seems pretty harsh.

- If Reyes was booed, it doesn't follow that the fans thought he turned down a fair offer from the Mets. It could very well be that the fans know the Marlins made him a much better offer, but still resent him for taking it anyway. The fans probably also don't like that Reyes exited his last game early to preserve his batting title (at least given that he then left town, anyway.)

- There is a difference between making an offer that you're pretty sure the player won't take, and making a "bad faith" offer for PR purposes only. If you don't give the guy any offer at all, then you don't get him for sure. It'd be reasonable to make him the best offer that fits within your budget and hope he decides to take a hometown discount. I'm not sure we need to read a more cynical motivation into that.

- Presumably, the Mets were cash-strapped when having to make a decision about Reyes, and are less so now. I say "presumably". It seems, reading between the lines of most of Megdal's writing, that he doesn't buy that. Although certainly not ruling it out, I'm not convinced.
   2. Rickey! will gladly sacrifice your janitor Posted: October 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM (#4284427)
David Wright will look good in Atlanta.
   3. Benji Posted: October 26, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4284721)
No, not Atlanta. It would have to be a team loaded with Alderson's idea of "prospect". Like Daniel Ray Herrera or Blake Stein. Maybe Jersey City.
   4. flournoy Posted: October 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM (#4284777)
The Braves surely have as many crappy prospects as any other team. Which 26 year old AA relievers do the Mets want?
   5. CFBF Is The Victim of Unfathomable Pinheadery Posted: October 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM (#4284793)
Can we interest you in a shiny Cory Gearrin? Guaranteed to impress*.

*Offer only good against right-handed hitters. Offer expires in a month.

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