The New York Mets have good news and bad news right now. As the season is winding down, they are finally at the .500 mark and for those keeping track at home, 13 games out of the division. That's not the news I refer to.
They have multiple injuries on their roster (see Jason Bay, Jenrry Mejia, Johan Santana, and several others) and even in the farm system (Reese Havens) too. That's not the news either. They have had more drama this season (see the veteran's hospital incident and K-Rod) than a daytime soap opera. That's not even the news I am speaking of at this current time.
I am an optimistic person at heart, despite recent articles, so I will start with the bad and work my way to the good. The bad news is that the Mets are a desperate team. They are desperate for a few reasons. One, they are desperate for new leadership and direction from that leadership. The current regime has not been the answer.
Earlier this season, ownership gave GM Omar Minaya a pat on the back and said his job is safe. Now there are so many stories floating around about a new general manager taking over, so that once rock-steady secure position has been shaken to its core. It may be a foregone conclusion that the once securely employed Omar Minaya will be gone at the end of the season.
If the rumors and the speculation are all true, then Jerry Manuel's job will not be safe. In fact, he will be the first on the chopping block, I'm sure. Why would a new GM keep the old manager? He wouldn't, not in this case anyway. Those rare exceptions are reserved for winning managers.
These players need a rude awakening. They need motivation. If they see the organization is serious about performance on the field, they may play harder and perform better. Who knows?
The next thing they are desperate for is to relieve themselves of the burden and weight of so many massively large contracts they bear. They have realized this. They have tried this past July to shop Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.
They only managed to trade off Jeff Francoeur in August and Rod Barajas prior to that, but neither one had a large contract. They were inviting to other teams since they came cheap.
No team the Mets shopped Ollie and Luis to were desperate enough. It seems the Mets are stuck with those contracts. That's the bad news. Now that this is out of the way, allow me to present the good news.
The Mets are NOT the only desperate team in the league. They may be next to broke or financially strapped next season, but that does not mean they can't make moves, if they are wise.
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