After suffering through four miserable seasons, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson promised Mets fans that the team would finally spend some money in the offseason after the Bernie Madoff fiasco left New York in financial woes. The Mets did; however, the majority of their offseason signings have yet to produce, and in some cases, have been severely disappointing.
The two biggest signings last winter were Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. Granderson was supposed to be the left-handed bat that the Mets needed in their lineup, and Colon was supposed to a be a top-of-the-rotation starter, who would eat up innings in Matt Harvey‘s absence. They haven’t exactly gotten off to good starts. Granderson could not be playing any worse. Although he did have the winning RBI in Friday’s win over the Miami Marlins, Granderson is 3-for-30 during the Mets’ 10-game homestand. He has been miserable with a batting average of .141 and only one home run. The Mets need him to be better.
Colon, on the other hand, has had a fairly up and down beginning to the season. He put together a couple of dominating performances against the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, but he also had a couple less-than-stellar outings against the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels. In all, he has a 2-3 record with a 4.50 ERA. The performances of Alderson’s two first big free-agent signings have yet to play their best, and that is a problem.
Alderson also made a few smaller moves with hopes that they would pay off and turn out to be bargains for the year. Alderson added Chris Young and Jose Valverde to the roster in hopes that they would return to their best forms. That has yet to happen. Young injured his quad in Spring Training, and since his return, he has been batting in the fourth and fifth spots. But he hasn’t been hitting. He has a batting average of under .200, and he isn’t driving in runs. Hopefully he is still getting acclimated to big-league pitching after his injury.
Valverde has been nothing short of a dumpster fire late in games. He was handed the closer role after Bobby Parnell went down with an elbow injury. He had a few good outings early in the season, but he has imploded since. His ERA is 5.23, and he has already given up four home runs in only 10.1 innings of work. That’s far too many to be a successful reliever.
The Mets need these players to play well if they have any chance of competing for a wild card this year; and if they don’t, these signings may say more about Alderson’s ability to sign effective free agents more than anything else.