For Christmas, Mets Deliver Daniel Murphy to Nationals
After their first wining season in 7 years, their first World Series in 15 years, and a starting rotation that made other teams cry, the Amazing Mets are letting the team dismantle in front of their eyes.
Merry Christmas, Mets fans. https://t.co/Xb0kJIdcCY
— Steve D. (@SteveDietrich13) December 25, 2015
The Mets surprised everyone when they made a season-changing trade with the Tigers for OF Yoenis Cespedes, who carried them to the playoffs. But today they said they're only willing to re-sign him for a 2- or 3-year deal, while hes likely expecting something on the order of 6 years. So Cespedes will look elsewhere (Detroit maybe?).
— Mets_Pages (@Mets_Pages) December 25, 2015
And on the same day, surprise playoff power source Daniel Murphy announced a 3-year deal with division-rival Washington, which means the Mets will see A LOT of him during the season. While it looks like the Mets are dismantling, they did just get a couple of 30-year-old middle infielders this month in Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, so maybe they felt they had one to give up. But that's probably not the case.
— Kerry O'Halloran (@KerryL_OH) December 25, 2015
Imagine being a Mets fan and watching ownership squander the brilliance of that Rotation by being too cheap to pay for a bat. The worst.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) December 22, 2015
The real problem is the Mets' owners' finances took a direct hit when the Bernie Madoff scandal came to light, and they took out serious loans to keep afloat. Almost a decade later they're still reeling from the loss of assets and the weight of those loans, so even though they have a rotation for the ages at a crazy discount, they just don't have the money for playoff-ready bats. And that might mean the chance of a generation is being lost by this team.
Leave it to the Mets to blow a perfectly good opportunity
— Mike (@Leftfieldmike) December 25, 2015
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid. Ho, ho, ho.
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