Stanton Was Never Coming Here

So the Yankees pull a rabbit out of their hat (again) and Mets fans go absolutely insane.  They are calling for the Wilpons to sell the team but let’s be honest. Giancarlo Stanton was never, ever going to approve a trade to the Mets.  So stop blaming the owners.  But…

You CAN blame the owners.  Because you need to ask yourself why would Stanton not approve a trade to the Mets?  I think the answer is clear.  The Mets simply don’t win enough.  Why wouldn’t Stanton or any player in his position not want to go to the Yankees?  They win all the time.  They just went through a brief rebuilding effort and never stepped below .500. Why do the  Yankees win all the time?  Because the Yankee owners make that the number one priority in their mission statement.  “Our mission is to win, period!”

Can’t say that about a lot of teams, including our dear beloved New York Mets.  Yes, they want to win but not at all cost.  They don’t want to spend the way the Yankees do.  They look at their budget over a stretch of time and depending how they’ve done the previous season will determine what their new budget will be.  F-that say the Yankees.  They will spend what it takes to win and that’s what they demonstrated again yesterday.  So ultimately yes, Mets fans are not wrong to blame Mets ownership.  The Wilpons have not created the atmosphere for the biggest stars of the game to want to come to Flushing.

Rarely have the Mets been successful at signing a big time free agent.  Tom Seaver, Daryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, Johan Santana, and Yoenis Cespedes all arrived through development or trade.  True, Piazza and Cespedes signed their next contract with the Mets but seldom have the Mets picked up a marquee player straight from the draft.  But let’s not forget that this is “Money-Ball” philosophy that Mets GM Sandy Alderson helped to create.

So while the Yankees have to be the odds on favorite oto win the AL East, it doesn’t mean the Mets will necessarily have a bad season.  It appears that Mets fans are assuming that will be the case.  Stanton has played his entire career on the Marlins with some other very good players and they’ve won nothing.  Of course he now joins a much more talented team.  Would Stanton have made the Mets better?  Of course he would have, he would make any team better.  But the fact is he’s Yankee now and there’s nothing we can do about it.

The Mets have a new manager and a new coaching staff for the most part.  They have a fine group of pitchers who should do very well if they are healthy.  They can score runs with the players they have, again if they can stay healthy.  And I’m sure changes are still to come at the Baseball Winter Meetings that begins tomorrow.

Clearly the Stanton trade hit’s the Mets below the public relations belt, no doubt.  But the fact is he was never coming here.  Mets ownership saw to that a long time ago.

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