Earlier this afternoon, the Mets formally introduced Curtis Granderson at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. There were lots of cliched quotes, one juicy one, and plenty of smiles.
A few hours later, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote an article that seemed to bash something the Mets hadn’t yet done. Before the Mets made any moves this offseason, the refrain was that they’d do nothing. Then they signed Chris Young. After the Young signing, the refrain was that he would be their biggest expenditure. Then they signed Curtis Granderson.
Today, Sherman penned a piece that continued the refrain. The Mets had signed Granderson, but what if they don’t do anything else of note? The sentiment was right, but the article was two months early. Sherman noted that the article was probably jumping the gun, but he wrote it anyway.
Among the points Sherman made was the following:
If this really is it — after all the buildup asking for patience to let the money of Johan Santana and Jason Bay go away — then this will be a breach with the fan base. The promise was stick with us, we have a big vision: Restock the farm, regain financial equilibrium and then step on the gas pedal to relevance and contention.
The above comment is off base for a few reasons.
For one, as is noted above (and by Sherman himself in the article), judging an offseason on December 10th makes absolutely no sense. There’s no reason to ask “if this really is it.” That’s something for February.
Second, there’s nothing to indicate that the Mets are done making key moves. If the Mets had made a statement that indicated they were done adding payroll, or that they wouldn’t be making any external acquisitions, questioning them at this point would make sense.
However, the Mets are actively exploring the trade market (Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy have been discussed), are still interested in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, and are likely exploring a host of other avenues we have no idea about.
The Mets will almost certainly add at least another $15 million to the payroll, and it’s highly likely that they’ll make at least one noteworthy trade.
Again, Sherman’s sentiment makes sense.
The Mets have been a sleeping giant for years, and this offseason is the one that the front office has been playing up. More moves have to be made, and more moves will almost certainly be made. If they’re not, we’ll all be able to write an article like the one Sherman wrote today.