David Wright told ESPN New York that he believes the Mets will be substantially better at the start of 2014 than they were when finishing 2013.
“I’m not sure how many wins that correlates into. Only going out there and playing the game will tell,” he said. “But there’s no question in my mind that I love the moves we’ve made.”
Wright said, while he would love to see the Mets go out and sign every possible free agent, every MLB team operates with a budget, and he understands Sandy Alderson’s approach to negotiations.
“I’m not saying there’s a right way or a wrong way. I’m just saying that I think that’s Sandy’s thought process,” he explained. “Once you set that ceiling, you have to let him walk, or where do you draw the line on other players? I experienced that negotiating with Sandy.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I think this was the offseason to push a bit on those limits. Look, in no way do I think it’s smart to go bananas, like the Marlins did two years ago, or the Blue Jays last winter. That said, the Mets are at a point where I think a little extra effort would be appreciated by the market place — and especially by their fans.
I understand not wanting to block a shortstop from next year’s free-agent class, or taking a hard line on players like Stephen Drew, but giving Drew a two-year deal and just getting it done would not throw the plan completely off course. This isn’t giving a 10-year deal to Robinson Cano. It’s $24 million to a player who could be traded next winter or summer. I know, I know, he probably adds an extra win or two, at most, but it’s more than that… It’s also about credibility, messaging (to fans and players) and prolonging entertainment as deep in to the season as possible.
Also, while we’re talking improvements, with all due respect to Wright and Alderson’s $80 million in spending, Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson essentially replace Matt Harvey and Marlon Byrd. So, from a production point of view, Chris Young may be this winter’s only “upgrade” — if he can even be called that.