Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mets Getting Really Close To "Punting" 2012..and Beyond

In recent weeks, Sandy Alderson has told the New York Post that the Mets would not "punt" the 2012 season if the franchise lost Jose Reyes. That appeared to be the case on Tuesday night when the Mets made a series of moves to solidify a bullpen that dropped 21 games after the sixth inning last year.

That trend, however, may have slowed on Wednesday when the Mets began actively shopping their young players. I've written as recently as Monday that I felt there were somewhere between three and five players on the current roster who have a future with the team. Two of those players were Ike Davis and Jon Niese.

Ike, an excellent first baseman with the ability to hit for both average and power, along with Niese, who has the potential to be a top of the rotation starter, are apparently expendable. In return, the Mets are seeking high level prospects who would be likely to reach the Major League level in the next few years. Where would that leave the 2012 season? I don't have to tell you what you already know.

Due to the organization's high asking price, it may be unlikely that either player is moved, but the Mets are clearly looking forward. The Mets are looking past the 2012 season and starting to place their aim towards a time when the fruits of the farm system will start showing up.

They may not have gotten to the point of "punting" 2012 just yet, but they're certainly flirting with the notion...