Agree, that the Mets punted away 2013, but the RA Dickey trade should've alerted you to that immediately...if the Mets had any designs on trying to squeak into the playoffs in 2013, they don't make that deal. Sandy won't admit as much, and I wouldn't expect him to.
I have them at about 70 wins. Who exactly is out there that the Mets should've gotten that's going to make them appreciably better for this season? Is there really that much a difference between 70 wins and 80 wins?
I know, in ways it sucks that the Mets are not going to be much of a factor, as far as being in any playoff races go, but here is what you are hoping for, in this transition year:
Harvey builds off last season.
Wheeler gets called up and at best does what Harvey did last season, and at worst at least gets some major league experience. Ditto Travis D'Arnaud
Wright doesn't turn in a full season as lousy as 2011 and the second half of 2012. If he turned in something like 2010 and was consistent, I think we'd all be OK with that going foward.
Ike Davis isn't hitting .158 as late as June 8, and becomes far more consistent than he was 2012. He was all over the place last season, but there were positive signs: though he hit just .228 for September, he had a .365 OB% for that month.
Gee stays healthy.
Parnell shows he's more than just a sabermetric curiosity, and can come into a big spot without Met fans being terrified of what's going to happen.
Daniel Murphy can start to increase his value at the plate, either by getting more hits or taking more walks. He's too average right now, especially with his iffy fielding (which probably isn't going to get any better) and lack of home run power.
Ditto Tejada, as far as OB% goes.
I don't care what Santana does, but if it's something good, the Mets should unload him the first chance they get.
I agree, the 2013 outfield is probably a lost cause. Duda gets one last shot at being an everyday-type because of his power.
2013 will go a long way towards answering some of these questions. The Mets are stuck with Wright if he's not good, but I think if enough good things happen in 2013 that point to the team having a shot in 2014, Sandy will be much more aggressive come next offseason, and will try to upgrade where appropriate. It means we'll likely have to suffer through another also-ran season, but I think good things are coming for the Mets, come 2014 and beyond. Just gotta be patient.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 11 January 2013 - 09:54 AM.