I just don’t get how people are so down on the Wilpons. They have never been shy on getting a key (expensive player).
I understand being upset about the results, but I feel it is the players and Omar’s fault. The Mets were a game short from going to the World Series, and in that time the ownership opened the check book and added the top starting pitcher, record breaking relief pitcher and one of the top outfield FA available. All the while giving the money to sign existing player.
So we have an owner who increased payroll by 50% in just 3 years, signing new start players while keeping anyone GM wanted, and fans are against ownership? It is the players’ and GM fault. The GM has been replaced, and the commitment to core players are appropriately being questioned.
Thanks to Ultimate Mets Database, I have listed the major free agent signings the Mets have made since the 2002 season ended. Check it out. Now tell me we have an owner that is not committed to winning and doesn’t sign free agents. Every one of these was much sought after and wanted by the fan base.
- December 5, 2002 New York Mets signed free agent Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves.
- December 16, 2004 New York Mets signed free agent Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox.
- January 11, 2005 New York Mets signed free agent Carlos Beltran of the Houston Astros.
- November 29, 2005 New York Mets signed free agent Billy Wagner of the Philadelphia Phillies.
- November 20, 2006 New York Mets signed free agent Moises Alou of the San Francisco Giants.
- February 2, 2008 New York Mets traded Philip Humber, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana
- December 10, 2008New York Mets signed free agent Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels.
- January 5, 2010New York Mets signed free agent Jason Bay of the Boston Red Sox
It’s OK to be angered or annoyed, but to say our owner doesn’t care is complete foolishness.
If you do not get the results you expect for 8+ years, would you continue to do it? More teams have won the world series by building a team, paying their growing superstars and supplementing with free agents.
I really don’t get the whining Met fan that just wants the Mets to acquire a bunch of free agents. While 2012 may not be a great year, it is necessary to get on a winning plan.