MLB Trade Rumors: Same Time Every Year for New York Mets

Ron KaplanContributor IJuly 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24:  New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya looks on from the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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“Omar Minaya may upgrade pitching, but middling New York Mets are better off waiting to make moves,” Filip Bondy, New York Daily News

“Forget about Mets dealing for Lily and Myers,” Joel Sherman, New York Post

“Time for Mets to make moves,” Larry Brooks, New York Post

“Top 10 New York Mets busts since 2001,” Bleacher Report

With the trading deadline just days (hours!) away (ESPN.com has a countdown clock), there’s a boatload of commentaries and articles like this floating around. I can’t recall so much buzz as I’ve seen this year. Part of that, of course, is the  the demand for 24/7 material (yeah, thanks a lot, MLB Network). Gotta fill the time somehow.

I imagine the situation is similar for a lot of teams (perhaps not the bottom-dwellers), but as a Mets fan, I can say I’m tired of the same old song. Minaya has alternately been castigated and given a free pass (“Hey,” some pundits wrote, “it wasn’t his fault that the team filled a entire wing at Queens General Hospital).

But when does that wear off? I’m not saying make change for change’s sake (although sometimes that’s not necessarily a bad thing), but the present situation—especially given the team payroll—is unacceptable, especially when compared with the relative success in recent years of teams with much smaller financial obligations.

Just sayin’.