We know you’ve thought it.
Heck, you may have even said it — in a, “We all know I don’t really mean it,” sort of way, with maybe just a hint of, “Or do I?”
Well, the time for humility has passed. Go ahead. Say it loudly and wholeheartedly:
“I’d make a better Mets GM than this guy!”
Right at this moment, it’s true. “This guy” is Sandy Alderson, and the media just informed us that he spent a significant portion of the Mets’ remaining player budget on a player who:
- Is at an age where players generally stay the same or get worse.
- Has never gotten on base much.
- Has always struck out a ton.
- Has always been a streaky hitter.
- Has spent most of the past half-decade as a poor defensive right fielder.
- Has just started learning how to play first base, so isn’t adept there either.
- Has generally been an easy out against left-handed pitchers.
- Is slow, a negative on the bases.
- Hits a lot of fly balls, a good number of which leave the park given favorable conditions.
There is exactly one situation in which you sign such a player to a three-year deal for $13M per year:
- All the comparable player options — who, given how MLB currently values the above skill set, could have been had on one-year deals or for less money — are already gone.
- You don’t need to save money for other needs.
- You’re currently looking at an absolute black hole in right field or first base.
How many of these required conditions are true for the Mets? Zero.
I enjoy rooting for Jay Bruce. He seems like a nice guy and a hard worker. But with a limited budget, no second baseman, a shallow bullpen, and only two reliable starting pitchers on the roster, he is possibly the worst investment I can imagine for this team at this moment.
So pat yourselves on the backs, all you Mets fans who think you’d be a better GM than the guy we’ve actually got! Right now, you’re officially correct.