New York Mets: Blame Sandy Alderson for potentially trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

If the New York Mets blow things up and trade Jacob  deGrom and/or Noah     Syndergaard, blame Sandy Alderson for forming a poor roster.

Here we are in the middle of basically a lost season for the New York Mets. Sure it is only June and there is plenty of baseball left to be played. But does it seem like this team has any hope of turning things around? They have to stay healthy long enough first. Even when they do, they have to find a way to score runs in addition to pitch. Or they have to pitch in addition to scoring runs. In short, this team can’t consistently put together a complete baseball game.

Nothing Mickey Callaway does works out these days. Any string he pulls snaps off. Now, the team is getting ready for a complete fire sale. How big? According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets are going to listen to offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard if they don’t turn things around soon. Granted, it makes sense for the team to be sellers if they are out of it. However, it’s also time to look at the real problem.

Currently the Mets have two of the best young arms in the sport. Arguably, deGrom is pitching to Cy Young award numbers. Noah Syndergaard has some of the nastiest stuff you will ever see. The pitchers are also still under the Mets financial control. Syndergaard is in the arbitration period, and not a free agent until 2022. In the case of deGrom, he makes over seven million currently, but still a bargain. He isn’t a free agent until 2021.

The point is that the Mets have had ample time to put together a solid team behind these pitchers. They were headed that way in 2015 but weren’t able to keep it together. The team isn’t good enough to sustain success anymore, despite the fact they have been able to control the costs on the pitching staff. That blame falls on the shoulders of one man, and that man is named Sandy Alderson.

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Terry Collins lost his job as the manager yet nothing changed with the results. That has to be a red flag to Mets upper management. As long as Fred Wilpon is actually paying attention of course.

Look at it honestly. In 2016, the roster was exposed for its lack of depth. They proceeded to go into 2017 with virtually the same team. Even if you look at the opening day starting lineup between the two seasons, excluding David Wright, there were only two changes from 2016 to 2017. Travis d’Arnaud became Rene Rivera and Juan Lagares became Jay Bruce.

Other than that, the lineups were exactly the same, and the depth was lacking in both seasons. That became evident with the injuries that occurred. Blame the training staff all you want, but the Mets didn’t have players talented enough to step in and get the job done. Every team has injuries. How the team recovers is the difference between a good team and a not so good team.

2018 has come along and the Mets have proved once again that they have no depth. The healthy roster performed well early on but as the injuries took over the team, the lack of depth was evident. Now they are in the midst of yet another lost season.

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The Mets are going on three years with the pitchers under their financial control. Three years to build a team around them. Instead we are look at a third lost season and a third season lost due to the lack of depth. The story hasn’t changed. Now they may trade two of those pitchers while still under team control.

That lack of team building comes from one man. His name is Sandy Alderson and it’s time to squarely place blame on his shoulders.