I find it mildly distressing that Fred Wilpon has managed to successfully sell the Mets’ universe on building within and, in the process, is able to actually gain support for a sub $100 million payroll in baseball’s biggest market.
This is the same crap we heard in advance of Piazza. The front office unsuccessfully tried to convince NYC that hanging on to prospects who may or may not pan out was better than trading for known assets. It seems that everyone is back to the small market mentality because Phillips took some gambles that didn’t pay off. Unfortunately, Phillips will be remembered more for Burnitz, Alomar, Vaughn, et al.. than for building a pennant winning team.
Granted Sori’s defence sucks, but the offence is another story. Reyes, in the best case scenario, will develop into Soriano’s numbers. Why wait? Sori is hardly over the hill. His best years are ahead of him. The Mets can afford to spend the cash and then some. I’m not saying this move would be a silver bullet, but, come on Fred, start taking bigger steps towards a pennant – like younger arms in the rotation and a 100 rbi stick in the OF.
Save that building from within / wait till next year mentality for small market teams like Cincy and KC. That has rarely panned out for the Mets. Later for sabermetrics, spend the cash.