The Mets have made some of the worst trades in history. And the 2009 Mets have made enough bad plays to make the early 60s look like their glory days. But trading prospects for somebody to help them win this year would make those other blunders look small.
Do the Mets have a shot this year? Sure, the Miracle Mets almost invented the phrase Ya Never Know. But you only compromise the future when you’re just one guy away from an almost guaranteed deep postseason run. That’s not this year’s Mets. The saddest thing about the Kazmir trade was how stupid it was to trade a prospect when the Mets were such long shots.
In fact, the Mets would be sellers if they had anybody to sell. But that would require established healthy talent towards the end of their contracts. The Mets have nothing of the kind.
If it’s only money, the Mets should buy. They have room before hitting the luxury cap threshold. They’re a big market team that can spend a little more. If they can get say Adam Dunn for some mid-level prospects not much better than the guys they’d get as compensation if they lose Dunn to free agency, I’m in.
People like saying New York fans have no patience. First of all, that’s not true. Just look at how the fans came out for the Knicks this year. What New York fans can’t tolerate is a team with no present and no future that doesn’t even make the routine plays. Second, it doesn’t matter whether or not New York fans have patience. As the Knicks proved so brilliantly (hey, at least they were brilliant about something) blaming your fans’ lack of patience doesn’t make mortgaging the future any less stupid and damaging.
The Mets have been devastated by injuries, and their healthy veterans joined in the blunderfest that has been 2009. If they don’t recover this year, so be it. If they sacrifice the future to try to salvage this year, they’ll have made an even bigger blunder.
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