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The Mets can't walk and chew gum at the same time

Feb 4, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

That’s not just some jerky Braves fan saying that, according to Murray Chass, the people that try to deal with them are saying it:

But more than one agent cited the Mets’ inability to deal with more
than one free agent at a time as the primary reason they lost out on
free agents. “We’re interested in your guy,” more than one agent
recalled the Mets saying, “but we have to deal with this other guy
first.”

In one instance, the Mets were a player’s first choice, an agent
said, but he was one or two down on the Mets’ pecking order – a phrase
used by another agent – and the player and the agent weren’t going to
wait for the Mets to deal with them. They went elsewhere.

Another agent said that Omar Minaya, the Mets’ general manager, told
him at the winter meetings in December that the Mets would address
their catching need in January. “How can they wait and be sure what
will be there?” the agent asked.

All of this squares with Ken Rosenthal’s report from last week that the team hasn’t approached the offseason with a coherent plan.  Indeed, Rosenthal suggested that everything is being micromanaged by Jeff Wilpon and that Omar is being bypassed. Chass notes that none of the agents he spoke to negotiated directly with Wilpon, but even if he’s not handling the actual negotiations doesn’t mean that he’s not running the show. Indeed, the worst micromanagers I’ve ever dealt with came up with the stupid plans themselves but made me carry them out so that they wouldn’t take the heat.

But regardless of who’s calling the shots here, it seems pretty clear that the Mets’ basic approach is totally screwed up. Too linear. It’s like Khan getting pwned by Kirk in the final battle because he thinks of space in two-dimensional terms. And Omar and the Wilpons don’t even have a Genesis Device they can activate to at least make their competitor’s victory a costly one.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    In one instance, the Mets were a player’s first choice
    Dubbita, dubbita…ffwhat?

  2. BC - Feb 4, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    I wish they HAD a Genesis device and could use it on the entire franchise. They need it. Blast the whole franchise and start over.
    Any chance MLB can contract the Mets and get the Rays or someone to move into Citi Field? This is going to turn out as badly as the Bobby “Hit The Ball With Your Wallet” Bonilla days. All they need to do is sign Vince Coleman, Kevin Appier and a few other guys and then we’re cooking…
    At least NASCAR season starts soon.

  3. Nicky B - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    it was probably jose valentine or julio franco or some other fossill

  4. ralphdibny - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    How could an experienced starship pilot NOT think of space in three-dimensional terms?

  5. Craig Calcaterra - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Khan wasn’t an experienced starship captain. He was from 20th (or 21st) century Earth, spent a few days on the Enterprise after waking up from hibernation, and then spent 20 years on Ceti Alpha 5 or whatever it was. Him and his cronies at the controls of the Reliant were like you or I jumping to the helm of an aircraft carrier and thinking we could raise some hell.

  6. Trevor - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Nuh-uh Craig, you can’t nail the planet exactly and then pass it off as “or, uh, not like I know exactly or anything.”
    Also, is there some fine for linking to Murray Chass?

  7. Khan Noonien Singh - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    I am indeed from Ceti Alpha 5. You can read more about me at this website if you choose to do so, you weak humans.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Noonien_Singh

  8. James T. Kirk - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Kahhhhhhhhn!

  9. Joe Tetreault - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Craig,
    If you or I were at the helm of the USS Enterprise CVN-65 (as opposed to NCC-1701) we would raise some hell. Unfortunately it would be mis-directed self-inflicted hell, but still.

  10. Jonny5 - Feb 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    I’m beginning to think that there is no way one orginization, in this day and age could be so damned disfuncional as the Mets seem to be. I’m thinking more along the lines of, This team is too far stretched financially and besides the bay signing they only have enough money left over to pick the bones of the leftover scrap players. Which of course they don’t want to speak about.. I figure the Mets to make the most moves in the near future to sign more players. That is if I’m correct and the team isn’t ran by a bunch of morons.

  11. Simon DelMonte - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Nothing like a message board where my two biggest obsessions, Trek and the Mets, collide.
    “If we go by the Baseball Encyclopedia, like Lt. Saavik, hours seem like days.”

  12. Jeff Wilpon - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    “It’s like Khan getting pwned by Kirk in the final battle because he thinks of space in two-dimensional terms. And Omar and the Wilpons don’t even have a Genesis Device they can activate to at least make their competitor’s victory a costly one.”
    Craig….You are a giant dork. Even I, Jeff Wilpon, have more sense than to make a Star Trek reference in public.

  13. Joe Tetreault - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    A lie?
    No, an exaggeration.

  14. BC - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Oh, I could raise a LOT of hell with an aircraft carrier. Think of the possibilities:
    http://www.csittl.com/old/03list45.html

  15. Fred Wilpon - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Jeff, no blogging on company time. Go to your room!
    And Omar, put your Lincoln Logs away and get ready for lunch.

  16. Omar Minaya - Feb 4, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    but mommy said i can play till the Caribbean games are over… Wahhhhhh!!!

  17. PhillyPhan - Feb 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Yet, you can fap and type at the same time. Amazing ambidexterity, Craig.

  18. BC - Feb 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Omar, don’t be backtalking me! Go to your room!
    And Grace – call Scott Boras back and tell him
    Johnny Damon has to wait in line. He’s #3 in
    the line, we have some other guys to take care
    of first.
    Now… let’s see what channel those Knight Rider
    reruns are on…

  19. omar minaya - Feb 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    harumph… I’m telling Saul katz

  20. Fred Wilpon / Danny Ocean - Feb 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    We know the people he knows. And they like us better than they like him.
    Now go to your room!

  21. Jeff Wilpon - Feb 4, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Mets Rule! Steinbrenners Drool! You can all go eat stool!
    P.S. Craig, why can’t you pick on the Royals for once.

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