The twin realities facing this Mets team, however, are that they need to keep people interested in 2013, and they need to add to their overall talent base. Simply signing R.A. Dickey and David Wright to long-term extensions freezes the roster in place for next season. The Mets will have a pair of marketable, even beloved stars. But they went 74-88 with both of those players having perhaps the best seasons they will ever have.
Dealing both Wright and Dickey, though, on the heels of letting Jose Reyes go, could crater the franchise. Just how many games will that same roster win without Wright and Dickey? And just how willing will other teams be to trade the Mets young, cost-controlled replacements for Wright and Dickey, when they can just, you know, keep the younger, cheaper versions of them both?
It is an extremely difficult position, a result of the financial problems that have prompted the Mets to strip the major league team of its talent without finding young players who can replace a Jose Reyes or a Carlos Beltran.
The best the Mets can do with Wright and Dickey, barring an offer like a Middlebrooks/Barnes combo from the Red Sox, is to sign them long-term. That’s probably what people around baseball are counting on when they assume the Mets will come through and do what is obviously right for the team.
Not a great assumption, though.
Posted: November 02, 2012 at 12:15 PM | 22 comment(s)
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