So far, the Mets’ offseason has not gone the way many planned. They missed out on John Lackey (and probably rightfully so), they have yet to make a trade, and their most dangerous acquisitions so far seem to be backup catchers.
If you are a Mets fan, this is no time to panic. There are good players still left out on the market.
The problem is, the Mets currently are not going after the ones that will make our favorite team a champion(not just a “contender”). The goal is to get a ring, not to get to the NLDS or NLCS and go home to luxurious golf courses.
The Wilpons have never shown a willingness to go the extra mile. The Mets have a high payroll, yet they do not use their resources in the draft. The Wilpons would rather save a few million on Billy Wagner than receive his Type A compensation picks(like the Red Sox, a very well run team, just did).
It is time that Omar is given all the tools needed to create a winner. The Wilpons need to understand that it takes more than one or two major Free Agent signings a year to win (although it puts fans in the seats).
Here is what I propose - Build for this year with an eye on 2011. Even if we add the two best free agents on the market, we are still arguably not a playoff team.
The 2011 Free Agent class looks very appealing, with names like Mauer, Crawford, and Webb all available.
Also, by 2011, some of the Mets major prospects (Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Jenrry Meija, Jon Niese) will either be on the big league club or very close.
So, here is what Omar should do this offseason.