New York Mets made no attempt to sign free agent Andrew Miller
By Tim Boyle
Many New York Mets fans were hoping to see Andrew Miller pitch for their team in 2019. It won’t happen, partly because the Mets didn’t even make him an offer.
The New York Mets couldn’t have disappointed me more when it comes to Andrew Miller. Like most Christmas gifts, I understand we can’t always get what we want.
However, I’m also smart enough to know Santa Claus isn’t going to bring you a gift unless you write it on the list you mail him. How else would he know? I mean, he only monitors every moment of your day to know whether you’ve been bad or good.
Apparently, the Mets front office was hoping this 24/7 monitoring by Santa could still help them in the pursuit of Miller. Or maybe they had no interest in him at all.
According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets didn’t even make Miller an offer.
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Imagine if others didn’t even bother trying. What if Vito Corleone didn’t bother making an offer someone couldn’t refuse? You have to at least try to solve your problems. They don’t go away on their own.
I think we all have those scarring moments in our childhoods. For me, a big fight between my parents where my mother through a vacuum cleaner at my father includes the words “you didn’t even ask???”
This was in reference to my father staying out late with friends and him revealing he didn’t bother trying to reschedule. It was probably someday he didn’t care about like their anniversary or her birthday.
Anyway, back to Miller and the Mets representing these half-assed men, both real and rhetorical in my life.
Miller wasn’t a perfect fit for the Amazins and what they’re planning to do. They already added two significant pieces to the bullpen this year although one could still argue they only legitimately added one. Jeurys Familia was, after all, with the team through the darkness of June 2018. Edwin Diaz is the lone true addition to a bullpen still in dire need of at least one more legitimate arm.
It’s incredibly frustrating to see Brodie Van Wagenen talk a big game and miss out completely on one of the best free agent relievers in the game. Miller was at least worth meeting with.
As recent Mets rumors have suggested, it sounds like they will indeed go after cheaper left-handed options. Zach Britton will likely either return to the New York Yankees as a setup man or find a closer gig with the Philadelphia Phillies. This will leave them hoping to land someone like Tony Sipp, Jerry Blevins, or dare I say, Oliver Perez, in the free agent market.
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There’s trying and failing and then there’s this. I don’t think any of us could blame them if Miller choice the St. Louis Cardinals over the Mets. The fact that they didn’t even attempt to sign him is the problem.