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Mets: Three objectives for Brodie Van Wagenen in the second-half

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen answers questions during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 29: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out against the Atlanta Braves during their game at Citi Field on June 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Prove Winning is What Matter Most

When fans talk about the Wilpons, they often say they don’t believe the Mets’ owners believe winning is a priority. Certainly possible, it’s up to Van Wagenen to show us winning does matter. He’s the figurehead of the organization. He needs to make winning moves, not wise financial decisions.

Often, the two do go together. Most baseball fans understand there are financial limitations and handicaps to all decisions. Nevertheless, moves like releasing a player on a big contract are sometimes necessary even if it means paying a man to go away.

One move I would like to see Van Wagenen force on the team is a change in the lineup. If Robinson Cano is unable to figure things out, he must drop from the third spot in the lineup for good. It’s going to take a lot for this to happen. Cano is both Van Wagenen’s ex-client and the big acquisition of the winter. Cano’s failures reflect poorly on BVW.

Teams who have faded out of contention can still make winning moves down the stretch. Promoting minor leaguers who deserve a major league spot is one way to do this. The Mets, unfortunately, don’t have any undeniable candidates. Even Anthony Kay has struggled in Triple-A, thus making his big league debut a delayed one until at least 2020.

Something all Mets fans deserve is a trade deadline sell which is less about saving money and more about getting back good assets. Similar to adding something special to the farm system, the franchise can at least protect itself by making trades focused less on saving money and more on building up its prospect list.

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