Saturday, December 10, 2011

Why The Mets Should Aim For 2014

The last five years haven't been fun. Two collapses, three lost seasons to follow and more injuries than any three people could count. Awful contracts, questionable trades and an ownership group on the brink of financial ruin. Being a Mets fan isn't much fun right now, but the front office has a plan.

For the first time in a long time, the idea of a rebuild has crept into the minds of the Mets faithful, despite the organization's refusal to acknowledge as much. What other option is there? The Mets simply have too many mediocre players in too many positions to turn this thing around quickly. Even if the blank checks of the Omar Minaya years were still available, its unlikely the Mets could make the changes necessary to overcome the 25 games they trailed the Phillies by last year, in a single offseason.

I implore you to be both confident and patient, that the current front office knows this, and that they're planning accordingly. While they appear interested in remaining competitive in the meantime, their ultimate focus is building around the prospects who are due to make their appearance in the 2014-2015 time frame. This might sound like a long time (because it is), but its also about as quickly as things could possibly get turned around.

Although there is no telling what the future holds, the Phillies are due to get old in the coming years. The Marlins too, will find all of their new acquisitions, along with Josh Johnson, north of 30 with father time breathing down their necks. As it stand right now, they are the teams to deal with, so it makes sense to prepare for the time when they're demise seems logical.

The 2012 and 2013 seasons may not be fun, but they are necessary if the team is going to return to greatness. The Mets cannot afford to continue making the same mistakes. Its time to ride out the struggles and prepare for a time when the can both compete on the field and maintain financial effectiveness off of it on an annual basis. The 2014 season may be the first time the organization makes that step. If that means they've done it right, then I'm okay with it, but are you?

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