How many championships will the New York Mets win in the 2020s? If you ask a lot of fans these days, they might have to raise a second hand to show off enough fingers for their answer.
Realistically, even two or three World Series wins for the Mets would be out of this world. They’ve only won two in sixty years. Another pair in this decade would be delightful.
How can they do it? Three important factors should weigh heavily on them in every decision they make.
The first step to building a winner is for the Mets to develop minor league players
The Mets appear to be doing things right in this area. They have balked at trading away most of their better prospects for temporary pieces. Although their farm system isn’t deep, the guys at the top look pretty good. Within two years, many will be in the big leagues.
Every team, no matter how rich, needs to develop minor league players. It not only saves money, but it also gives you depth and far more talent than simply trying to go out there and recruit players. This is never easy because all players have their preferences no single team can ever match. Money doesn’t always win out when you can’t offer the best location or right amount of playing time.
Development of players can be a challenge. It starts with drafting the right guys and making the best free agent signings of amateurs. The Mets are hopeful they have a crop of talent waiting in the farm right now. Keeping them around, making sure they get better, and promoting them at the right time will all go a long way toward the Amazins being one of the best teams in the 2020s.