Mets Level of Mistrust Between Management and Players Continues to Grow

Wendy AdairAnalyst IMay 21, 2010

WASHINGTON - MAY 20:  John Maine #33 of the New York Mets talks to manager Jerry Manuel after being removed in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 20, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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There are a lot of things wrong in the world of the New York Mets, and the list keeps growing longer. A lot of attention is brought to the team, but unfortunately most of it is negative. This cannot continue—fans have had enough of the PR controversies.

Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya are both on the hot seat, and the Wilpons will not tolerate another failed season, so it is more important now than ever that management and players are on the same page and have the same goal—a Championship.

This weekend the Mets are hosting the Yankees, and then the Phillies come into town, so any unnecessary internal distraction will only escalate during these next six games.

Much has been written about the Carlos Beltran knee surgery fiasco in January, and the fact that there is no set timetable for his return only makes things worse for Beltran, who may or may not return for the first half of the season.

Last night, when John Maine was removed after throwing five pitches that resulted in a walk, he bent over and put his hands on his knees, a clear sign of a problem. However, no communication was made to ask how he was feeling, which is not sitting well with Maine.

Now there is talk that the Mets are trying to trade Luis Castillo to the Rockies, which is only another distraction that does not need to take place this week.  The Mets locked Castillo in to a lucrative contract that they feel has not lived up to the expectations. 

Each winter since he signed the contract, there is talk about trading Castillo, but the correct deal has not come along. He starts off the season with the Mets but is written about as being on the trading block.

The truth is that Castillo has not done poorly; he has actually been one of the most, if not the most consistent position player the last year.  He has been bothered by foot and heel issues which has forced him to take one or more days off a week, but honestly, with the trade talk looming, if made obvious, this will not motivate him to play to his potential.

By this time next week, depending on how the next six games go, things will definitely be more complicated and fans will have mixed emotions on changes in management and/or players coming to or leaving the Mets.