Here’s is today’s Spring Training Diary, hosted by MetsBlog’s Michael Baron, featuring footage of the Mets in a rain-shortened workout, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell throwing, Matt Harvey’s bullpen session with John Buck, and action at the indoor batting cages…
“I’m excited about this team. You don’t win championships in the winter. We’ll have a lot of energy in the spring. I’m excited to get going. I’m where I want to be. I didn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Michael Baron, Contributor
I basically agree and, as always, I love Wright’s attitude and optimism. But let’s be honest here: the roster hasn’t exactly been beefed up since the end of last season. In fact, it’s safe to say there are fewer Major League caliber players on the roster today than there were in October. The good news is, in his interview on WFAN on Thursday, Sandy Alderson seemed very displeased with where the Major League roster stands right now, and he seems determined to make additions in the remaining time he has before Spring Training. And, to be fair, most of their reported targets are still available; their options haven’t completely dwindled yet.
The thing is, even if they bring back Scott Hairston, sign a starting pitcher and a reliever similar to Jon Rauch, the roster still won’t be improved over last season. They’re going to be forced to depend on Hairston being at least as good as he was in 2012, and a lot of growth from Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter, and maybe Matt den Dekker. It’s just a lot to ask for, and hard to expect all of that can happen.
I know…I keep going on the same rant about the outfield, but its an absolute mess right now. Until I see some action behind the words, I am going to continue to be worried and frustrated about the progress with this roster…
To hear Wright discuss his new contract with the Mets, watch this:
Video: Bob Ojeda joined Matt Harvey during his offseason workout as he discusses his outlook for the 2013 season.