The Mets plan for the off-season appears to be one of ‘action in the form of inaction’.
New GM Sandy Alderson let Hisanori Takahashi become a free agent without much of a fight, then Pedro Feliciano declined arbitration and will most likely not return to New York. Two of the more effective pitchers in 2010 will not be returning next season and Alderson sat on his hands.
Then, rightfully so, they decided not to offer arbitration to John Maine, Sean Green and Chris Carter. This decision ends the Maine saga in New York, which came to a close with him throwing five pitches in his final start for the Mets and his pitching coach calling him a liar. I wish Maine all the best where ever he ends up, but this was one relationship that needed to end.
The players the Mets did offer arbitration to were Mike Pelfrey, Angel Pagan and RA Dickey; three of the brighter stars from last season.
All these moves appear to signal a shift to a more frugal front office, something many fans will not agree with, but it is something that needs to be done. The free-spending philosophy of Omar Minaya did not help the Mets win anything, so a shift was in order.
Then came this announcement from Alderson on the eve of the winter meetings.
“I will guarantee you we will come back with some new players,” Alderson said. “I can’t guarantee you how high-profiile they will be.”
The Mets have been linked to pitchers like Chris Young, Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis, all who could come cheap because of recent injury woes, but have high reward potential. Just like last years’ “why we’d get this guy” RA Dickey.
Will the Mets be able to capture lightning in a bottle again? Who knows, but expect the Mets to continue to overhaul their roster by dumping high salary guys in favor of bargains.