Thursday, July 14, 2011

KRod trade a sign of things to come for Mets

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that his trade of Francisco Rodriguez was simply about payroll flexibility heading into the 2012 baseball season. I don’t buy it. I think it’s a sign of things to come.

KRod is the first player to head out the Citi Field door, but he won’t be the only one. It’s a shame because the Mets players and coaches have fought their way to a better record than anyone could have imagined. They still have an outside chance of getting a wild card berth. But they only have about two weeks to move several games closer to the top of the pack or their most tradable players are out of here. If I was Carlos Beltran, I would start packing now.

The Mets ownership and front office are taking a frustrating wait-and-see approach. If they really saw their team as legitimate contenders, they would make it clear that Beltran and Jose Reyes are not on the trading block and give this team a real chance to fight for a playoff berth. But it almost seems as if the Mets brass is waiting for their team to stumble so they have an excuse to engage in a fire sale before the trading deadline.

If the Mets are going to give up on their season, they should do the decent thing and stop teasing their fans and start talking about how they are rebuilding toward next year and beyond. But, of course, they won’t be honest about their plans out of fear of alienating their loyal fan base. It just doesn’t seem fair that they will continue to string along their fans. If I were a Mets fan, I would be really frustrated right now.

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