Presumably, Sandy Alderson knows more about baseball scouting than we do, so what’s not to like about the trade of R.A. Dickey for prospects?
Based on surface viewing, the Mets’ desire to trade Dickey was to maximize what they could get for a 38-year-old with a trick pitch and only one outstanding year on his resume.
That’s all understandable and a move to be cheered, perhaps in three or four years when Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard rock our world and become stars.
No, make that future All-Stars, you know, like Mets’ prospects before them: Mike Pelfrey, Lastings Milledge, Francisco Martinez, Jenrry Mejia and Carlos Gomez.
And, add them to stellar free-agent signings and trades for Jason Bay, Kaz Matsui, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, Francisco Rodriguez, Guillermo Mota, Moises Alou, Julio Franco, Orlando Hernandez and Johan Santana. In fairness, Santana had his great Mets’ moments, but he’s also had a consistent run of injuries. Injuries are hard to project, but the Mets knew he logged a lot of innings before giving him all that money. I mention injuries, because that’s the red flag on d’Arnaud.
The sum total of those parts is a track record of skepticism and non-believability of Mets’ management, and it isn’t just Alderson. Fool me once shame on you; fool me a dozen times then shame on both of us. Alderson, the supposed baseball genius, is still a front man for ownership.
Quite simply, the Mets guessed and projected wrong so many times before so why should we believe them now when they say d’Arnaud and Syndergaard will be different?
The one thing we know for certainty about d’Arnaud is an injury history that includes his knee and back, pretty important body parts for a catcher. And, Syndergaard is all of 20.
Fact is, we don’t know how good they’ll be and neither does Alderson.
What we do know about Alderson is how inconsistent and infuriating he’s been since coming here. There was the Carlos Beltran trade, which is still in doubt because just how good is Zack Wheeler?
Please tell me somebody knows.
The last two years began with the concerns Jose Reyes (2011) and David Wright (2012) might be dealt at the trade deadline. However, those scenarios conflicted with the statements the Mets had the resources to add talent at the trade deadline, which they maddeningly didn’t in either season despite maintaining a whisper of hope.
Then, there was not making an offer to Reyes while maintaining the team would be competitive.
After this season, in which Dickey was one of the few bright spots, came the claims both extending he and Wright were priorities. Wright was done, but all along there was the obvious preference to trade Dickey.
Then Jeff Wilpon declared Alderson had more money to deal with this winter, only to have no significant additions made and Dickey to be cast away over a $5-million difference.
If the Mets were willing to give Dickey two years, then the duration of the contract wasn’t an issue, and this was all about maximizing the potential return. Even so, Alderson said the Mets wanted to add major-league ready talent to be competitive this season.
I guess John Buck is major league ready. That should keep us warm and cozy during the cold winter.