When the Mets’ 15-11 start morphed into a 16-19 disaster, it was clear that the team needed to make changes. Those changes had to represent legitimate reinforcements – not band aids.
Mar 20, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson answers questions for a reporter before the spring training action against the Atlanta Braves at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Over the last few days, in a departure from how he’s ordinarily acted early in-season with the Mets, general manager Sandy Alderson has acted swiftly and decisively in an effort to cure what’s ailing the Mets.
After being pulled from his start for Triple-A Las Vegas and placed on standby to join the Mets bullpen, Jacob deGrom was summoned to the majors late on Monday night when Gonzalez Germen landed on the disabled list.
In eschewing Super-Two ramifications for both Montero and deGrom, Sandy Alderson and the Mets are putting their money where their mouth is as far as the preseason 90-win proclamation is concerned.
While it would still be rather shocking if the Mets won 90 games, it’s refreshing that the club is finally willing to field the best 25-man roster possible – instead of tip-toeing around service time issues while treading water.
The Mets still likely need to address the shortstop issue – perhaps using their excess starting pitching to swing a trade – but the player moves they’ve made recently are a large step in the right direction when it comes to how a team trying to win now should act.
Aside from finding a new shortstop, the Mets will have to ultimately subtract two current bullpen pieces – one when Rafael Montero is added to the 25-man roster, and another when Gonzalez Germen returns from the disabled list (likely in a week).
If/when the Mets jettison Valverde and Farnsworth, their roster turnover – for now – will be complete.