New York Mets: Where They Went Wrong

Joel KochSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2008

Where in the world did the New York Mets go wrong? They added Johan Santana to to their rotation and they got Ryan Church to stop the revolving door in right. What in the world has happened?

Right after the 2004 season when they hired Omar Minaya. That's right, he was where they went wrong.

Sure, when Minaya was hired, he signed Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran. These were the first two signings that said the Mets were headed in a new direction.

After the 2005 season, Minaya pulled the trigger on trades for Carlos Delgado, Paul LoDuca, Duaner Sanchez, John Maine, Julio Lugo, and Xavier Nady.

He made a winning ballclub. The Mets took off, but failed to beat the Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS.

The year 2007 rolled around. The Mets had the same team with the additions of Mosies Alou, Ambiorix Burgos, and Scott Schoeneweis. They were on top of the world...until they blew a seven game lead with 17 games to go. They then went into a complete free-fall.

Where's the blame to be placed? Willie Randolph? Yeah, some there. Where's the majority? Minaya.

Minaya took a depleted system and traded the top prospects it produced to Minnesota for Santana. He then signed Santana to a mistake contract of seven years and $136 million.

He didn't trade anyone that he knew wouldn't help the Mets like he should have (i.e. Delgado, Alou, and any pitcher of your choosing). Now he sits on a $130 million plus payroll with little talent. He can't sell any piece of his team because if he does, he'll get fired.

The ownership thinks that he has the team and the ability to make this team turn around at the deadline. So, he can't be a seller, he has to be a buyer.

How do you buy 22 players? Minaya has a team of aging players, no trading chips, and a fan base that wants to win.

So Mets fans, I'm sorry to tell you that your GM has done nothing to help your team out. All he's done is hurt you. The Randolph firing saga is just the latest edition of the turmoil that haunts this team.

If you want to win soon, you need to clamor for the firing of Minaya.