About Those Deck Chairs, Captain Smith
The Miami Marlins are a better team than the Mets. This is why have accumulated nearly half of their win total this season against the Mets, not because “they have the Mets number.” Since baseball seasons are long and unforgiving, there is still a chance that the Marlins can pull even and possibly pass the Mets in the standings.
Immediately following Sunday’s fiasco, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced that Ike Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson where being sent to AAA Las Vegas. For a brief while, there was hope that the replacements would be guys like Jack Leathersich or Wilmer Flores. Instead, Josh Edgin, Colin Cowgill and Josh (Hail) Satin are joining the big club. This move is like tossing out a piece of gum that has lost its flavor and replacing it with the one you left on the bedpost the night before.
An interesting footnote about this move is that it now looks like the three first round picks that former GM Omar Minaya had in the 2008 draft, Davis, Reese Havens and Brad Holt, have all flamed out. It was one thing to blame the lack of top picks for the poor quality of Minaya’s drafts, but how do you explain going 0-3 in the first round? Minaya really was nothing more than a slick package, who for a year or two had unlimited access to the Wilpon’s checkbook. When blame is being doled out for the poor condition the team is in now, Omar’s short-sighted and biased moves shouldn’t be forgotten. Remember Omar once traded Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon! Good riddance.
Speaking of blame, Alderson rightly deflected any thought that manager Terry Collins could be in trouble, blaming the performance squarely on the players. While Collins is a goner at the end of the year anyway, the only way he gets canned earlier is if he loses the clubhouse. With the season lost, his role is to keep the players in line and preventing the Mets image from devolving into 1992-1993 levels between now and September. He is more caretaker than manager at this point.
On Monday, Alderson appeared on Mike Francessa’s radio show and tossed a few of his players, most noticeably Lucas Duda, under the bus. When all else fails, blame the employees, I guess. He earnestly tried to inflate Davis’s value as still part of the core, however. Later, Francessa revealed “the plan.” It involves the young arms and Travis d’Araund coming up and the Marlins giving the Mets Giancarlo Stanton.
I told you this mess was coming.