Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Matt Harvey may be gone for a full year. David Wright is on the disabled list. Marlon Byrd and John Buck have been traded, and the Mets must go 22-11 to finish .500, which seems very unlikely to happen.
So, now what?
“The successful teams, the successful organizations, respond to these setbacks,” Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, when addressing the media about Harvey, Buck and Byrd. “That’s exactly what we have to do.”
To spend or not to spend…
Since they moment they were hired, this front office has been talking about 2014 as their return to being a playoff contender. And, in the wake of Harvey’s injury, I really hope they double down on their plan, as opposed to using his injury as a reason to keep punting.
“The payroll will be commensurate with anything we’ve ever done, because we can do it,” Fred Wilpon said earlier this year, in regards to next year’s budget. “People have to come to the ballpark.”
It was going to be difficult to sell advance tickets this winter — even with Harvey — because it has been five full years since this team was consistently winning. It is going to be even more difficult in Harvey’s absence. There is only one way forward, and that is to stop talking and start doing. Alderson can’t rest on the hope of Harvey’s return. He’s going to have to push forward, spend the $50 million coming off the books and give Mets fans a real, tangible reason to believe.
In the next few days, I will be writing about Harvey’s injury impacts Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and improving the team’s offense and rotation.