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This edition of Fair or Foul features Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog who looks at the NL East and
doesn’t buy into the “every other team got better except the Mets” argument. See what you
The Braves and Phillies did very little to improve their teams, as well. They either traded
guys away, signed fill-in role players or re-signed their own guys. The Mets scored more
runs than other team in the NL East last year, in a year when many guys struggled, so it can
be argued that no major upgrades were needed to the lineup (though, obviously, to replace
Jose Reyes, guys like Jason Bay and David Wright will need to get their acts together, and
Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy will need to keep hitting and stay healthy). I still think the Mets
needed to do more to improve the rotation.
Yes, the Nationals added Edwin Jackson, Brad Lidge and Rick Ankiel, among others, but
it’s not like they succeeded in snagging Prince Fielder or CJ Wilson. (Update: As ESPN
New York’s Adam Rubin pointed out on Twitter, the Nationals also added Gio Gonzalez,
which is a significant acquisition). Still, much of Washington’s potential is in their young
players coming up and staying healthy and from guys already on the roster.
And so, I just can’t buy the misleading talking point that every other team got better and the
Mets did nothing. I like the additions the Mets made to the bullpen, which are on par with
additions made by the Nationals, both of which are more than what the Phillies and Braves
did to their rosters. The Marlins clearly went above and beyond every one else, spending
close to $50 million more dollars on this year’s roster adding Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and
Jose Reyes, among others. They should be better, no doubt about it.
Look, I get what he’s trying to say and do here, but the Mets lost one of the top 20 players in
the game in Jose Reyes this offseason. None of the other teams lost what the Mets did, and
compounding that is that they did nothing to replace that loss. Nothing. They just absorbed it
– the money and the production value.
They kept the rotation the same as last season – not even adding any quality depth. What
happens if we lose Dickey, God forbid, to the DL? Or Niese? Who you gonna call?
They swapped some names in the bullpen, but didn’t sign a bona fide closer – only two
relievers who failed as closers in the past. Their strategy in the bullpen all hinges on hope
and Isringhausen won’t be around to save them this time.
The only other additions were bench players like Cedeno and Quintanilla. Hairston, Turner
and Nickeas will be back. Strike up the band?
You can sugarcoat this all you want, but make no mistake the Mets are considerably worse
than last year at this time, and while other teams made net gains, the Mets are certainly at a
I remember Matt used to frequently say that hope is not a strategy, and I’ve embraced that
as well… But did he just change his tune?