The New York Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson accomplished an historic feat last week by trading R.A. Dickey, an aged pitcher, albeit one toting a Cy Young Award under his arm, for a couple of blue chip prospects.
It was so unlike Met history to celebrate a move in which it appeared the other team was fleeced. One of the few other deals similar to the Travis d’Arnaud swindle may have occurred when Alderson traded Carlos Beltran, well on his way out of New York anyway, for Zack Wheeler, budding star hurler.
Of course, there are no guarantees with trades for young players, but in these two instances, Alderson cannot be faulted in any circumstance. The world agrees on the potential for these youngsters. Appropriately, Alderson should sit back for a few minutes with a beverage, soak in all the accolades for a job well done, and take a short nap.
It’s also appropriate to ask Mr. Alderson, what’s next? Every Met fan understands the team is a long way from contending, but the distance between here and there would make Christopher Columbus gasp in awe. It sure is helpful to have a major league catcher in the fold, but what about left, center, and right field, the bullpen, and starter number five, now an imperative with R.A. Dickey gone. Unless Alderson plans on being especially busy next winter, wouldn’t it be prudent to fill some of these gaping holes now?
And let’s be honest, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, and Ike Davis – the remainder of the infield beyond relatively productive David Wright – is not causing anxiety hives in the rest of the National League East. Most of us can read the free agent trackers and ascertain the status of players not yet under contract, and they’re diminishing quickly. So…..Sandy, how about a next step?
It’s inconceivable that, even with no expectations, the Mets would field an outfield with guys identified as Cowgill and Baxter – and those are the high profile names. It’s embarrassing. It may even diminish the wonderful work accomplished bringing back d’Arnaud. He, after all, is among the very first steps in a long journey.
Glenn Vallach has been a New York Mets fan since foolishly abandoning the mighty Yankees in his youth after Mickey Mantle retired. Since the fond, fleeting memories of the Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, Tommie Agee years, he sits quietly yearning for a fraction of the success enjoyed annually by the team that inhabits the borough in which I was born…waiting and hoping…waiting and hoping.
• Yahoo! Sports New York Mets page
• Yahoo! Sports R.A. Dickey page
• Yahoo! Sports Zack Wheeler page
• Yahoo! Sports Carlos Beltran page
• Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports!, 2012 MLB ultimate free-agent tracker