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.
Posted: October 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
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