New York Mets fans have endured five straight losing seasons. Once Sandy Alderson took over as general manager prior to the 2011 season, he pointed toward 2014 as being the light at the end of the tunnel.
It allowed the front office time to re-build the farm system. It would also allow New York the time necessary to rid themselves of ineffective long-term contracts.
While it's only been three years of waiting, it has felt like an eternity for Mets fans. The year the front office has constantly been pointing to has finally arrived. The farm system has improved, and the long-term deals given to Jason Bay and Johan Santana have officially come off the books.
Alderson has been frank when talking about his plans for the Mets this winter. Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog reported back in June that New York may have as much as $40 million to spend this winter.
The number has not changed moving into the offseason. However, the organization needs to prove their willing to spend. Scott Boras summed it up nicely this week at the GM Meetings:
"Well, I think the ability to spend and actually spending are two different things."
A run at the 2014 postseason for the New York Mets will be a tough one. What needs to happen next season to see playoff baseball in Flushing for the first time since 2006?