Mets finally headed in right direction

Posted: November 11, 2010 in Mets

For the first time in a long time, I’m pretty optimisitic about the future of the Mets. The hiring of new GM Sandy Alderson was the first step on the road back to relevance. Already Alderson has hired two former GMs known for their outstanding player development background in Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi. The Mets finally seem willing to sink their wealth of resources into the minor league system, avoiding the patchwork and expensive free agent route so often pursued by Omar Minaya.
If that means missing out on big free agents like Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth this year, that’s fine with me. If it means experiencing a rebuilding season in 2011, that’s also fine. I just want to see a longterm plan implemented, something the fans can see with the realization that sacrificing a year or two will be worth it to have a great team down the road. It might be a tough sell to some, but I’m on board with it. Once the huge contracts of Carlos Beltran, K-Rod and Oliver Perez come off the books after 2011, the Mets will have even more financial flexibility going forward. This year, they should sign no Type A free agents, keep all their draft picks and let this new player development team get to work. In years past, the Mets have adhered to nerdy Bud Selig’s slotting system for draft picks. F that. They should do what the Yankees and other successful franchises do. If they see a first or second round talent that has fallen due to signing concerns, give the kid his money in a later round. It basically allows you to sign multiple first round draft picks in one draft. The Mets have the money to do this, and if other teams don’t follow the rules (actually it’s not a hard and fast rule, just a strong suggestion), then the Mets don’t have to, either. They already have a solid core of youngsters (especially hitters) in the minors, but need more depth and especially need quality young arms. I expect the cupboard will look significantly more stocked by this time next year. And if they adhere to spending freely in the draft in years to come, I expect the Mets will be long-term contenders in the NL East. Just going to take some time, but at least things don’t seem so hopeless now.

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