5 Players New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson Will Let Go This Winter
Only the Mets can find a way to not keep a pitcher who wins, or contends for a Cy Young award. The New York Mets have a lot of roster spots to fill, and no money to fill them. Is the best strategy to spend all of their money on re-signing David Wright and R.A. Dickey, leaving all their holes unfilled?
I don't think that is a wise choice. The Mets have a lot of players leaving via Free Agency, but some players who are under contract for 2013 may not be here as well.
Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson is tasked with changing the makeup of this team, and it starts with the departure of the Knuckballer, who had one of the best seasons in franchise history.
R.A. Dickey Heads List of Players Unlikely to Return to Mets in 2013
The man, the myth, the legend that is R.A. Dickey, may have pitched his final game for the Mets. Only the Mets would find a way to get a Cy Young Award contender and possible winner, and not keep him for the following season.
Dickey has been great for the Amazins. He has a 2.95 ERA over the last three seasons, and sports a record of 39-28 over that span. Dickey is 37 years of age, and although he has been great for the Mets, signing him may actually be a disservice to the team since they won’t seriously be contending for another year or so.
Dickey has been a long traveled journeyman. His story is heartwarming, and he instantly became a fan favorite because of the adversity he has gone through, as well as his success in Queens.
He has finally earned himself a chance to take care of his family, and is looking to get paid. I can’t blame the man for that. I love the guy, and want nothing more than for him to remain in Flushing. Sadly, the right move is to trade him, and acquire some high end prospects, or major league ready talent that can help the team compete in the future.
Andres Torres Turned out to Be a Bust in New York, He's as Good as Gone
Andres Torres was acquired along with reliever Ramon Ramirez in the trade that sent Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants last winter. I was excited when the trade went down because we were supposed to be getting a quality defensive center fielder, along with a potential setup man. At the time Alderson had filled two roster spots, and both players combined made the same money Pagan was making. It was a win-win for the Mets.
Or so we thought.
Torres was awful in 2012. There is just no other way to put it. He did not provide the speed we thought he would. He did not steal bases, score runs, or hit for a decent average. He played an alright center field, but was mostly outplayed by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
All while Angel Pagan sprinted, hit, and defended his way to a World Series title with the San Francisco Giants.
Rauch Did Not Provide the Depth at the Back End the Mets Had Hoped for
Jon Rauch was brought in because of his back of the bullpen experience. During his career he has been decent at closing games, and had been a solid set up man for Washington, Minnesota, and Toronto.
He started out great, going his first ten innings as a Met without allowing an earned run. Rauch struggled after his quick start, but rebounded with a 3.08 ERA in the second half. His biggest issue was his shakiness at the end of games, as he blew four out of his eight save opportunities.
He shined at certain times during the season, and ended with a respectable 3.59 ERA. A decent bargain, but shinning on a bad team is not saying much. His tenure is over unless he comes back for less than the $3.5 million he earned in 2012.
Ronny Cedeno: We Hardly Knew You
A great pick up at the time, Ronny Cedeno was very underwhelming in his first, and probably only season with the Mets.
He was brought in as insurance if Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada struggled. What we got instead was an injury riddled season.
He did not provide much offense when he did play, and although he came cheap, he was ultimately a bust in his lone season in Flushing.
The Soft Tossing Young Will Be Throwing His Beach Balls Elsewhere in 2013
Chris Young appears to be a favorite of Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He had him during his time in San Diego, and he has been on the Mets roster the past two seasons.
Young was very ineffective this past season. He is great over the first five innings, but can never seem to navigate into, or past the sixth inning. His fastball tops out in the mid-'80s, and that can't continue to be successful at the Major League level.
He was a bargain as a minor league signing in 2012, but his below average velocity, injury history, and ineffectiveness should mark his exodus from the Mets for good. His days in the Majors may be numbered as well.
Aside from Trading Dickey, These Are Easy Decisions for GM Alderson
Most of the players I mentioned aside from R.A. Dickey are easily replaced. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has a huge task ahead of him, if he plans on changing the face of the team. Most players that were on the Mets 2012 roster should not return in 2013. But the fact of the matter is that the Mets don't have the funds to make that kind of face lift.
Hopefully Alderson is able to work some of that "magic" we have heard so much about, and find a few more Scott Hairston's in the bargain bin this offseason.