Assuming you believe the Mets are in a “rebuilding phase”, how long do you think the rebuilding plan will last? And why / how did you arrive at that time frame?
The reason I ask is because there seems to me to be a wild variance among fans as to what constitutes “rebuilding” and a disagreement as to how long such a phase should occur. Some think it can be as short as a year; others believe it requires five years or more; and the rest of the fan base thinks the length fits somewhere in between.
You probably agree that the duration of a rebuilding phase depends on a) age and talent level of current 40-man roster; b) quantity of quality talent in the minor league system; and c) depth of ownerships’ pockets / size of organization’s revenue. If so, then apply those three dependencies to the Mets and come up with a rebuilding term. And, add any factors that you believe I’ve missed.
Also, what do you define as the culmination of a rebuilding phase? Is it a specific number of victories? Is it reaching a particular spot in the standings? Is it grabbing a playoff appearance?
Post your thoughts in the comments; this should be a fun discussion.
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