Dear Sandy Alderson:

Hello from Pennsylvania. How is the weather down in Nashville? You are there right? If you are, how about y’know, maybe getting the Mets some new players?

You need at least two outfielders, another catcher and a guy or two who can come off the bench in a pinch. I think that you might need some bullpen arms as well. If you need any help with who to trade for, spend a little time on this blog, there are lots of good ideas here.

Please Mr. Alderson, don’t start with the usual line about it being only December. This is your third December and each year your team has gotten worse. We were told that that bad old Mr. Minaya was the problem and that you and and your two smart friends would have us moving in the right direction by now.

The only thing moving is that ticket order form you sent me. It’s going through my shredder right now.

Tell Jeff I said “Hi.”

A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. Izzy December 5, 2012 at 8:46 am
    Sandy is from another era. He doesn’t know how to deal with the young GMs who aren’t afraid to pull the trigger because unlike him, they’ve done their homework ahead of time.
    • DaveSchneck December 5, 2012 at 9:42 am
      Alderson was doing what these kid GMs were doing before some of them were out of diapers. He help promote the statistical analysis techniques that the obsess over. His issue is with the stooges upstairs, the “businessmen” if you will, especially the younger one, the ones that continue to dabble in baseball operations despite what is said publicly. These are also the ones that state publicly that they never have “a budget” yet do not provide enough funding to put 25 major leaguers on the roster while at the same time charging paying customers premium prices for tickets. Now, I do agree that the due diligence period is ending today, and Sandy needs to product roster improvements over 2012 very soon, starting today. Even if the keep Dickey, they are back to square one with a 74 win team, and that doesn’t cut it. Like Dan, I will be shredding any mail I get from them regarding ticket orders unless they upgrade the 2013 team significantly.
      • Izzy December 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm
        Sure Dave, you lovers of Sandy the god, make it out that there isn’t a team around with a budget. The only thing this clown was ahead of his time on was steroids. He won with Jose and company juicing up while others didn’t “get it”. Since he has come to the Mets he has had “one good day” and it sucked. He got nothing for KROD, one A ball prospect for Beltran, nothing for Reyes, nothing for all his other great dings, and he made the Giants the 2012 WS champs with that awesome trade for a crappy reliever and cfer. Yeah, you defend him. His budget is bigger than many teams. He can’t pull the trigger because the rest of the baseball world is ahead of him.
  2. Joe Lefkowski December 5, 2012 at 8:48 am
    No body wants to gamble on Dickey, give him a two year contract and hope he can win 12 to 15 each year. Trade Neise for a starting good right handed out fielder.
    • Mike B December 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm
      If RA can duplicate his season from last year on a first place team they will be talking about him winning 12-15 each half of the season.
  3. Joe December 5, 2012 at 11:15 am
    OTOH, he did something quickly last year — signing three relievers & obtaining Torres — and it left something to be desired in the view of some.
  4. derek December 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    mets ownership closely resembles the jets…2 owners that are all over the place….
  5. MikeT December 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    You all are daft. Sandy is asking for more than he rightly should get for Dickey because if one team is dumb enough to do it then it is worth it. He can always come down in price if he thinks it is worth doing.

    Also, everyone is reporting that teams are waiting to see what happens with Greinke. Every year there is that one domino that needs to fall for the levy to break on deals. Greinke is that guy this year. Sometimes teams get tired of waiting and make a deal. Sandy is waiting for that or for a loser in the Greinke sweepstakes to come knocking.

    I still think Dickey is worth more to the Mets than to other teams right now. He’s affordable, wants to be here, can bring people to the ballpark, and is very likely to put up outstanding numbers again. I think they have a deal lined up if no trade can be made.

  6. Dan B December 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    You should judge GMs like gymnasts– throw out the top and bottom scores. So take away the Beltran and the Pagan trades. What are you left with? Though, to be honest, the older I get the more I believe it is the owners most to blame for poorly run teams in any sport. I am patient. I will wait for opening day before passing judgement. But if we have Duda, Captain Kirk, and Hairston in our outfield, Murphy at second, and Thole catching on opening day…….
  7. SiddFinch December 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    It’s obvious that nothing will happen until Greinke signs. At that point the teams losing out on the Greinke sweepstakes will make moves. My guess is R.A. will end up in KC or Texas, with Baltimore as a dark horse possibility. If KC, the Mets will get Myers, and if Texas, they wind up with Olt or maybe Martin.
    • Izzy December 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm
      So RA is KCs fallback option if they don’t get Greinke? Wow/! KC is a big market team using the poor helpless small market Metsies to win a pennant.
  8. Tom A December 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    It’s the same story every year. The Mets will do this, the Mets will do that and in the end we will end up with guys like D J Carasco and Rob Johnson and John Rauch. One of the baseball publications could not believe Rauch even got an offer. In the meantime the Braves get Upton, the Phil’s get a stud in center and the Nats are light years ahead of the Mets. Lets let Dickey play out his year and get nothing for him. Have no fear I am sure the Mets will sign someone like Chris Snyder to catch this year. Don’t trade RA we have better talent than what they are offering I’m sure.