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Braves and Santana will not impact Sandy Alderson’s thinking

The Braves lost starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachey to injury. They responded within days by signing free-agent RHP Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal.

“They’re a very successful, winning franchise,” David Wright told reporters after learning of Atlanta’s recent acquisition. “To act right away and be able to get a talent like that makes them similarly strong. It’s a nice move. Like I said, they’re a very, very good organization. Moves like this just back that up.”

Sandy Alderson said Atlanta’s approach to their rotation will not be a factor in how he approaches the Mets.

“No. 1, it was a one-year deal,” he said, when asked if their situation was similar to his situation at shortstop (Record, Mar. 13). “No. 2, Atlanta has had more than one loss from their starting rotation. I don’t think it has any significant bearing on us. … I’m not interpreting it in terms of our situation. I don’t know that we have a ‘situation’ here.”

The Braves are expected to begin the season with a payroll around $95 million. They won 96 games last season.

The Mets are expected to begin the season with a payroll around $85 million. The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook sets the under-over on Mets wins at 73.5.

“We have a very good front office, a very intelligent front office, and I trust them to make those decisions,” Wright said. “I’m here to play third base, not be the deciding factor of who we sign or don’t sign. There has to be a separation of powers.”




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Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

Yep Sandy, and I'm a die-hard Mets fan. I feel like you are not putting the best roster for us fans to come and spend our hard earned money. All I hear is you insulting my intelligence, I was told this is the year that my beloved Mets would compete and YOU would have the the payroll to fill in the holes and compete. You have lied to me for the last time... I love my Mets, but I can't  stand how you won't support the roster with MLB caliber players. So while I supported the rebuilding period from 2011-2013, I wont support you betraying players like David Wright and other committed players and fans by leaving us lacking in other obvious lacking holes like S.S.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I just want to point something out before I go to sleep. When you compare the Mets projected starting lineup & the Nationals projected starting lineup, the Mets have 6 players that hit under .250 last year & the Nats have 1. The one player was Adam LaRoche, who hit 20 HR last year, more than any single player on the Mets. We clamor about our starting pitching & how it's going to carry us to the promised land, but they still have Gio Gonzalez, Steve Strasburg & Jordan Zimmerman, plus 2-3 highly touted pitching prospects. Is Alderson really sending us in the right direction? Could we realistically be as good as the Nats anytime in the foreseeable future. I don't know, guys, I don't know. Good night.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

If the franchise is in such distress that outside influences are effectively controlling day to day operations - in the best interest of baseball - MLB in partnership with the players union needs to step in and demand the team be sold.  

chasesimms
chasesimms

“They’re a very successful, winning franchise,” David Wright told reporters after learning of Atlanta’s recent acquisition. “To act right away and be able to get a talent like that makes them similarly strong. It’s a nice move. Like I said, they’re a very, very good organization. Moves like this just back that up.”

EXACTLY!!  


Could it be that Wright was trying to hint at something here?  The Braves do exactly the opposite of the f - i n g Mets.  And that's why they win.  


Period.

hankypanky
hankypanky

The Braves won 96 games last year and have an expected payroll of $95 million this year. That says it all.

Brains beat out money every day of the week. The only other team in the NL that matches them for organizational expertise are the Cardinals who spend more.

surfers08
surfers08

the braves have an injury, they immediately sign a good pitcher to replace him.....how will jeff and sandy respond when asked??????...uhmmmm, what, who.. neise, what? ....uhmmmm, we are gonna win 90 games....uhmmm, wait....Hey is that ELVIS????  RUN JEFF!!!  lol......Jeez, i am so sick of this team!!!!!!!!!!

Doug Hoey
Doug Hoey

I'm surprised that Captain America doesn't just knock on Jeff's door to say he wants a SS or else he's going to kicks Sandy's ass for putting his life in danger every time he takes the field

Alex Bigelisen
Alex Bigelisen

The Mets already made this move. Harvey got hurt., they signed Colon.

hashburry
hashburry

IF you strapped Wright to a lie detector, he'd never be able to deny he wants a redo.

11gilkey
11gilkey

I love it.  Even when he takes a shot at ownership he does it in a classy way.  Good for you David.  We can read between the lines and so can ownership. Will his comments affect ownership?  Probably not, but anything that helps paint the Wilpons in a bad light is a step in the right direction.  These guys have no business owning a team in Kansas City, let alone New York.  

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Oh, hell, David Wright is drinking the Kool-Aid. The guy has always been a solid citizen but this is one instance where I'd like to see a little well-deserved criticism. What are they gonna do, bench him? the Wilpons are not the Dolans (although some similarities are fairly apparent). It's actually very simple: Do you want to win?  Vegas ain't stupid. This is, at best, a 74-win club. And if things start to go south it can get a great deal worse. No SS, 1B in flux, a delicate rotation and pen. Look, no one thinks Drew is worth anything near $14M, But if I gotta watch Omar Quintanilla start more than 50 games I am seriously gonna lose it.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

This is real simple people. The bank is controlling the payroll until the new refied loan is closed. Until then they can't spend. Not so sure why this is so hard to understand. They can't spend the money if they wanted to. Get used to it, it's not going to get any better. And for all these people saying we'll sign so and so next off season, reality going to be a real bitch slap. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

Sandy would have to have a brain that thinks in order to be affected.

brianpmangan
brianpmangan

@metsblog amazing that two years for Drew is impossible when 32 yo Granderson got 4 years at significantly more dollars

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

They have no desire to win..if they did Tejada,Ike and Duda would not be on the roster and we wouldn't be having this discussion..They are broke..all the Wlpons care about is holding on to the franchise and saving money.To any other team who has a SS problem,Drew would be signed.

mustang66
mustang66

David, I love and respect you, but you're full of s*** . Step up and lead! Tell them to get a freakin short stop

tk2120
tk2120

why should the Braves rotation impact how the Mets go about filling a hole at SS?

mike23
mike23

@chasesimms  Definitely, this is why the braves continue to win and the mets are possibly going on their 6th losing season in a row. This ownership and management etc... is horrible, would be nice to have a team that fixes its issues right away instead of coming up with excuses why they can't. Mets need to somehow turn this thing around and it obviously starts and ends with the wilspons.... maybe Sasndy needs to put more pressure on them as well, something has to change as the mets should be in much better shape than what the wilpons have turned them into. 

jlga
jlga

The difference is the Braves needed a pitcher and got one. The Mets need a shortstop, first baseman, bullpen and pitcher and signed a 41 year old.

The Braves fill needs. The Mets spin wheels.

DIY Degree
DIY Degree

@Tarheel11  It's hard to understand because the Wilpons and Sandy have both gone on record as saying the banks aren't limiting anything.  

If we assume they're being honest, the next assumption is they have the resources to improve the team but are just obstinately refusing to do so. 


I think most people assume they're lying (me included) but their statements are where the confusion comes from.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@Tarheel11 Banks can't control what you use loan money for, they can only control if they give you the money or not. So if you take a loan out for a house and decide to blow all the money gambling that is your problem, the bank can't stop you from doing it. The Mets just refuse to use the money to help the team.

DIY Degree
DIY Degree

@72tilltc  No, we would need owners with money. Sandy is a Harvard Law/Dartmouth grad that introduced sabermetrics to MLB and built a WS winner. Pretty sure his brain works.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

So they secured this young pitching you are talking about by running the franchise poorly.

James
James

@Victor Triguero  I don't agree that the Mets are not being run well, I think Alderson is running the team pretty well, the problem is the purse strings and the goal of the ownership.  I trust Alderson to do what he can with what he is given, I just don't trust the Wilpons to do anything with it.  

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

So Drew would not improve any other team in MLB.Taht makes him the worst SS in baseball.

John Schod
John Schod

@mustang66 David Wright has played his heart out for this organization and has been a great Met. It should not be his place to tell the organization to "step to the plate." He should worry about doing the best that he can on the field and, maybe, cut back on a few of the charity events that they cast him in to save his strength for the long season.


Unless they come up with a 12th hour solution for 1st and SS, which are available because of their depth of young talent, I would call this management shameful for starting the season as is.

nwmets
nwmets

@mike23 Really? What have the Braves actually won recently? I think the Mets need to aim higher than the freaking Atlanta Braves. 

strato
strato

@DIY Degree @Tarheel11  Everything they have said since the Madoff disaster hit has been a lie. Remember, "this is not going to affect our baseball operation." Right. It is just coincidence the payroll has gone from 144 mil to 82. How many times have they said they have more money for payroll if they need it? I would have had more respect for them if they just leveled with us once, and said, listen, we're broke. As it is, I've been lied to too many times. I'm done with them.  

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@nymetsrule @Tarheel11  I'm pretty sure BOA would disagree with this. Even the Wilpon's weren't sure until the last minute that this new loan would not come with payroll constraints, which they have even admitted this past loan did. 

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Omar Minaya:

Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jonathan Niese, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell

Sandy Alderson:

Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero

All Alderson? Sorry bro, I don't think so.

Seamus Oatis
Seamus Oatis

If Wright put his nose in to it, it would get ugly cuz that guy's got a huge shnoz.

Seamus Oatis
Seamus Oatis

Grammar dork- I think it's referred to as the 11th hour. Your point doesn't change, however, and it's spot on.

stemog
stemog

@rico @tk2120I think it was a general comment that if the Braves see a problem they address it with money as no object.

eric88
eric88

@nwmets @mike23   Aim higher? They are 12 ML players behind where the Braves are. We only have 5 players that may make the Braves roster.

hankypanky
hankypanky

"Use to be an English teacher"? No wonder our schools are in trouble.

tk2120
tk2120

@Steven Matregrano @tk2120@stemog@riconah, thats not me...and 'our David Wright' -- Tulo is so much better than Wright its scary...i'm talking more Alexei Ramirez, Asdrubal, or Starlin...otherwise, i know this team is gonna sit, as they should...although, the situation in Arizona is definitely our best bet & i'd probably trade Montero or Mejia for Owings if i had to

metstastic
metstastic

@stemog @rico@tk2120 Except they are in nowhere near the same situation. The Braves are already a playoff contender.. and they have to replace such a big loss.. The Mets are nowhere close.. They are still in rebuild mode.

tk2120
tk2120

@stemog @rico @tk2120  yeah i guess...wish the topic wasn't so obvious...the Mets haven't signed Stephen Drew cause he stinks. They haven't given the job to Flores cause he stinks. They haven't traded for Franklin cause he stinks lol.. The secret to why haven't the Mets made a move is because none of these options have been worth it.....Owings intrigues me, otherwise i'd be quick on the phone to acquire an actual, legitimate, MLB shortstop...otherwise, all these players are a waste of time