The New York Mets are currently in a rebuilding mode, whether the team will admit it or not.
They recently lost one of their cornerstones in shortstop Jose Reyes, who left for the Miami Marlins this offseason. With David Wright and Johan Santana the lone remaining superstars on the team, the Mets look like they are planning for the future. Another reason has to do with the franchise significantly lowering payroll, even though much of the reasoning for this may have to do with owner Fred Wilpon's legal issues relating to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.
During this current offseason, the Mets have not made any major moves, with the biggest headlines occurring when the team traded Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres, plus the signings of Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch to improve the bullpen. The Mets are not expected to make any other significant moves to improve the team for 2012.
However, the once-depleted Mets farm system is improving and features four promising pitchers in Jeruys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia and Zack Wheeler. It is becoming more and more obvious that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson envisions these pitchers as the future of the Mets for years to come.
Whether these pitchers or anyone else make a significant difference for the Mets and bring more wins is yet to be determined, but with time, anything can happen and the Mets are very hopeful that their rebuilding can bring some more success down the road.
Here are 15 keys to a successful rebuilding for the Mets.