The Sleazy Mets


Last month, Mets GM Sandy Alderson called R.A. Dickey “one of our two core players” in the Mets organization – the other, of course, being David Wright. On Thursday, Alderson changed his tone: “It would be a little unusual to trade Cy Young winner ” – everyone is assuming, rightfully so I think, that Dickey will received the honor next week. “But I can remember a time when we traded for the leading hitter in the National League [Willie McGee of the Cardinals, acquired by the Oakland A’s in 1990], so it happens.”

Yeah, right, it happens. It isn’t because GMs are tight wads, or because they make phony comparisons like Willie McGee in 1990 to R.A. Dickey this year, or because Alderson wants to double-talk about the Mets’ post-Madoff financial state compared to that of one of the lowest revenue teams in baseball, the Oakland A’s.

Oh, and by the way, since you’re the one who hauled out this bull shit comparison, you’re the one who picked up the star player at Oakland, not the one who let him go.

Let’s be clear about this. R.A. Dickey just had what was probably one
of the five best seasons ever pitched for the Mets in their 50-year
existence, going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and leading the league in innings
pitched (233.2) and strikeouts (230). And he did it pitching with a
torn abdominal muscle most of the season, and he did it for a team that,
when he did not get the decision, was 54-82.

Let me say that another way: when Dickey’s W-L percentage was .769. The W-L percentage
of all other Mets pitchers was .457. That isn’t the record of the best
pitcher in the NL; as I’ve maintained all year, it is the record of the
most valuable player in the NL.

And now, when the Mets have the possibility of signing Dickey for a
say, two-year contract considerably less than the three-year, $36
million deal they foolishly gave Oliver Perez a couple of years back,
they’re spreading rumors in the press that they may trade him
– presumably to keep Dickey from asking for too much, even though Dickey
has indicated he’d take less than he could get on the free market in order
to remain with the Mets. If that’s not loyalty, I don’t know what is.

The Mets could have a Cy Young winner at what amounts to bargain
prices and they don’t have the integrity to sound grateful for that.
What a sleazy, chintzy, cheap organization the New York Mets have turned
into. One that cares nothing for its fans and doesn’t have the walking
around sense to tell its players that the team appreciates what they
have done for them.