Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon recently told Newsday that the Mets are headed in the right direction and GM Sandy Alderson is on course to improve the team.
“We’re coming to the end of the time when we have had an overhang of players who got hurt or didn’t play well, and I think that Sandy Alderson and his staff have a plan,” Wilpon said.
In talking more and more with people around baseball, and the team, it seems “The Plan” breaks down like this: Develop the best young, powerful pitching possible; have two to three young, legit bats under long-term contracts (be it home grown or acquired via trade); and then mix, match and roll the dice on the rest of the roster.
“It’s what the Giants and A’s do so well,” an executive from another team told me. “In other words, Tuesday is Alderson’s ‘Plan,'” he said, referring to Tuesday’s double-header featuring Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, who will make his big-league debut.
The Mets are going to try to make two rounds of acquisitions over the next few weeks, according to league sources. The first attempt could come sooner than later, as Alderson works to bring in one or two veterans to help short-term on the 25-man roster, most likely a first baseman, so Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy can stay in their previous positions, while everyone waits on Ike Davis in Triple-A.
The second phase will be an effort to trade minor-league pitching for an established bat, under contract, probably around the time of the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Then, after that, it’s bank on Harvey, Wheeler, Jon Niese, David Wright, Daniel Murphy and the mystery acquisition… and then hope evidence, execution and luck treat the Mets like it treats the Giants and A’s. This, as I understand, is The Plan, and it is more or less on display today in Atlanta…
To read a lot more quotes from Wilpon, in regards to Alderson’s plan, and how he is personally impacted by the team’s winning and losing, check out this report in Newsday.