The New York Mets appear to be taking a new approach with their hiring of an outside the norm general manager in Brodie Van Wagenen. Here’s how it should continue.
The New York Mets organization severely needs to transform their approach if they want to proceed into the next generation of Major League Baseball.
The Mets have long focused on skimping on costs, maybe not in terms of player contracts, but rather in areas not everyone notices.
International scouting and analytics are two major areas that are completely lacking for modern standards. The Mets show no initiative or creativity in areas such as these, this must change if any true results are to come from the new hire at GM.
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The organizations that find great success now have done so through developing young players.
Up in Boston, the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, among others. The Houston Astros have George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa. The Chicago Cubs have Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.
All three of the last World Series Champions have young stars that were either drafted or acquired and then groomed to play in the major leagues. They have to adapt, to begin by addressing the significant areas of need namely the bullpen.
If the team believes that they can compete seriously, then they must use a large sum of money to address these issues, the team cannot be improved in any other way.
One example of a good move may be to look into trading Noah Syndergaard and in turn sign an adequate replacement.
This would be a smart idea, as a trade only would go through if the price paid was steep.
The Mets would probably receive even more in return because of the superior talent and upside that Syndergaard provides.
A return such as this would transform the organization by bringing in an influx of talent and replacing Syndergaard with someone such as Corbin would still make for a solid rotation. It’s risky, yes. However, no won ever won a World Series without taking chances.
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Overall, the approach must change if the results will ever improve. Before we reach the definition of insanity, it’s time to stop repeating mistakes of the past.