This is the year New York Mets fans have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for.
When Sandy Alderson joined the organization as general manager following the 2010 season, he pointed toward 2014.
That amount of time would allow the front office to gain financial flexibility from bad contracts, replenish the minor leagues and bring up young talent to help the big league club.
Thankfully, all three have happened.
The contracts from poor performers such as Jason Bay, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Frank Francisco are gone. Johan Santana’s monster deal is also a thing of the past.
Keith Law of ESPN (Insider subscription required) ranked New York’s farm system the sixth-best in the league.
The Mets have also welcomed impact prospects to the major leagues in recent seasons, some of which include Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud.
2014 is supposed to be the start of consistently competitive Mets baseball. Harvey missing the season due to Tommy John surgery threw a wrench into this plan, but the front office forged ahead this past winter, becoming active in free agency.
John Harper of the New York Daily News reported Alderson has set the expectation at 90 wins this year.
Let’s take a look at how they stack up against that goal heading into the regular season.