On opening day of a season where your bullpen blew the game and you have spent a very limited amount of money on free agents, your star pitcher Matt Harvey is out for the season and your offense and bullpen are highly suspect to say the least. What do you do if you are the New York Mets? You sign a 40 year old hitter in Bobby Abreu who did not appear in a major league game in 2013 and in 2012 had 219 AB’s with a .242 BA, 3 HR and 24 RBI. The question is why? It does not make a lot of sense to this inquiring mind. The NY Mets season will be .500 at best. Signing a player like Abreu will do nothing more then prevent another young player like Lucas Duda from getting much needed at bats to develop one way or another on this roster. Abreu will start the season at Triple – A Las Vegas.
The Mets have to make a decision on what their plan is. Do they want to be a team that is completely rebuilding from within with limited free agent signings? Or, do they want to sign free agents and try to fix this team quickly? When you try to do both at the same time, that is when things start to get ugly.
The Mets needs are bullpen help and offense. They could have used Stepen Drew and Kendrys Morales to help the offense. Both players are young enough and there is a need at SS and 1B for a quality player. Both players are still free agents. If the Mets signed those two players, combined with Curtis Granderson and David Wright, it would give them enough legitimate offense so that you can develop other players like Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud. The signing of one true legitimate offensive threat in Granderson is a half swing at best.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s handling of the bullpen is another story for another time. The results speak for themselves last season and already this season. The Mets could have added a couple of pieces to hold the fort down this year but instead chose to pack it in until starting pitcher Matt Harvey returns in 2015 from Tommy John surgery. The team management and ownership left a lot to be desired before they lost millions in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. Now with a limited budget and a team with needs at multiple positions the fans are left waiting for next year…again! A sad commentary on a team in the largest market in the league.