>The Mets are a team that is poorly put together. Al Harazin and others in th
>front office signed Bonilla, Murray, Saberhagen etc. as if they were a
>championship team acquiring the missing piece when what they really should
>have done is break the team and concentrate on developing their farm talent
>and spend the next few years developing themselves into a championship team,
>which is what they did in the early 80's.
>As it stands now they have people playing out of position and unless they
>make changes, they will be mediocre for the next few years. Signing Bonilla
>and Murray was an attempt to patch up a team that has been on the decline
>since the late 80's. Murray-Johnson-Bonilla are not the best 3-4-5 tandem
>in the league. Pirate fans could tell you all about Bonilla, and Murray has
>his best years behind him. Howard Johnson can hit but he couldn't even field
>at 3b, and now he is expected to play cf.Put all the names together(Magadan,
>Pecota, Schofeild, Randolph, etc. and ask yourself "Is this team going
>anywhere?" As for next year, when the Reds and Braves are in the division?
>IMO, they should concede the next few years to the Braves and Reds, unload
>the high-priced players and rebuild. In a N.Y. market that expects a winner it
>is hard to do, but Met fans have been through it before and if they can either
>sacrifice 3-5 years now, or spend the next 10 years signing free agents in
>a vain attempt for a winner...Other teams have tried this and mortgaged their
>future for a "quick fix" and ended up setting themselves back even further...
First of all, Doubleday owns the Mets, so they can sign free-agents until
the cows come home and it won't make a difference. The question is "When
does signing a free-agent hurt your team?" Now there are two answers to
this: 1) when you are stupid and sign a player who doesn't help the team
ala Gary Gaetti; or 2) the player you sign is keeping a younger, more
talented player out of the linup (Braves fans on the net are very familiar
with this, as I assume most would like to see Justice at first, Keith
Mitchell in the outfield, and Sid Bream history).
Now, you just said the Mets have no players in the farm system who are
capapble of stepping in and becoming good MLB ballplayers, so how are they
hurting the team by filling holes with the likes of Randolph and Murray.
Granted neither are all that great, but Murray at first, Magadan at third,
and HoJo in center is better offensively than HoJo at third, Magadan at
first and Hubie Brooks in right.
As for mortgaging the future, the only young player they dumped in the
off-season was Jefferies, who IMHO still has star potential. Keith Miller
is 27-28 and McReynolds is on his last legs, and they got a 2-time
Cy_Young award winner who is 27-28 as well. Not a bad trade, especially
when viewed against the trades that REALLY hurt this team. Namely
Tapani-Aguilera-et al for Viola and (this one really hurts) Dykstra and
McDowell for Juan Samuel (ugh!).