The Mets were supposed to be competing for a playoff spot this year. It obviously hasn’t work out that way. That is no fault of Jay Bruce, who the Mets acquired at the trade deadline last year. Bruce has hit 29 Hrs and has 75 RBIs on the season with the Mets.
The Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday night. It wasn’t a surprise that he was traded; the team had been looking to move him once it was known that this season was a waste. What was disappointing was the moderate return that New York got in return. I’ve got nothing against Ryder Ryan, a 30th round draft pick. He may turn out to be a great pitcher.
The problem I have is the story that the Mets turned down an offer from the Yankees that involved two, supposedly more highly regarded, prospects. The reason to spurn the cross-town offer? The Yanks wouldn’t cover all of Bruce’s remaining salary of $4 million. The fact that Mets’ GM, Sandy Alderson, went the money-saving route speaks volumes about what this team cares about.
2015 was an outlier. The team was good, but may have gotten a couple lucky breaks to make the World Series. 2016 was a nice rebound after a poor first half. In 2017, the team decided to not sign any free agents. NOT ONE! Now, they’re not getting the best packages of players, because they want to save some money.
The Wilpons are awful owners. They constantly treat the Mets like they are a small market team. They pinch pennies every chance they get. This thought process is why I am not too confident in EVER seeing the Mets win the World Series in my lifetime as long as they own the team.
Dear Wilpons, Please sell the team! Sincerely, ALL METS FANS.