In a report for the New York Times, Tyler Kepner examines the Zack Wheeler acquisition and Mets’ current plan for success and writes, “Sandy Alderson needed such deals to implement his vision for resuscitating the Mets.”
However, Kepner notes that fans will soon want to see the results of the plan at the Major League level, and Alderson recognizes that.
“We’ve got the basic building blocks,” Alderson told Kepner. “We’ve got some talented players. We’ve got a lot of pitching depth in our system. And I think we’re going to have some financial flexibility; we’re not saddled with even two-year contracts. But, ultimately, you’ve got to put it all together, too.”
Michael Baron, ContributorGenerally speaking, fans seem to believe in Alderson’s vision, and the long-term plan for success. Most understand Rome wasn’t built in a day but realize there has been significant progress towards setting the stage for sustained success. And, he has been able to make such progress and stay the course all while dealing with some major obstacles along the way, such as financial uncertainties, bad contracts, and a poor perception about the franchise in general. Yes, a lot of that progress has been made by trading away Major League talent for top shelf prospects (such as Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud), and the Mets still need to do a better job of cultivating high-ceiling talent themselves. But that doesn’t happen overnight either, especially after Alderson’s group inherited such a barren farm system. They have taken a methodical and patient approach to reconstructing the organization, and I really think he’s closer to the end than he is to the beginning.
But, as both Kepner and Alderson point out, while the house cleaning and top prospects are all great, it remains to be seen if the plan will ultimately work. Nothing replaces winning, and eventually, that needs to start happening in Flushing; it’s been six full seasons since the Mets last made the playoffs, four consecutive losing seasons, and a lot of pain and nonsense in between. Winning is all anyone will care about when the dust settles. I’m confident there is light at the end of this tunnel and they are getting closer to all of this coming to fruition. But nobody has a crystal ball, and so it remains to be seen how this story ultimately plays out, for better or for worse.