It’s unfortunate, but financial issues have made the New York Mets one of the weakest teams in the National League. They have excellent coaching, a large fan base, and a good locker room led by players like David Wright. Still, they simply lack the depth and high-end talent to compete.
The pitching rotation will be without ace Johan Santana again this year, which is a devastating loss. Though they’ve become accustomed to playing without their big-money pitcher, he would have rounded out a strong rotation. Shaun Marcum was slated to fill in as the number two, but injuries will keep him out of the opening day rotation. With two of their best pitchers missing from the lineup, the Mets are in trouble after letting go of R.A. Dickey.
Young players will give the rotation some talent, but injuries appear to have crippled Mets pitching already. The bullpen is still a liability, and even if players like Matt Harvey have big years, it won’t be enough. Jonathon Niese is not ready to be an ace.
The lineup faces similar depth issues. While David Wright is one of the best third basemen in the league, he lacks protection in an unproven lineup. Ike Davis and Marlon Byrd are not enough in the middle of this order, and the top of the lineup is learning on the fly.
Financial issues will be behind the failures of this franchise again in 2013, and they will not compete in the NL East. Had they been able to retain some of their top talent, the Mets would have had a shot. Unfortunately, injuries and departed talent will begin another terrible season for New York.