These next couple of seasons are going to be pretty rough for the New York Mets, but there are still plenty of reasons to keep hope alive for the franchise.
Management opted to play the long-term game, trading away Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez and losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins. While this was disappointing to fans, it was the right decision to bring in some prospects, given the Wilpon financial situation.
Struggles will be at a premium in 2012, but the future looks bright for the boys in blue and orange. They have a plethora of young arms circulating in the minors, as well as some good hitters at that level.
Mets fans should expect stretches of futility in this upcoming campaign. They should also expect success a couple of seasons from now.