Buster Olney's latest puts it simply about Wilpon: he, not aging mediocre players, is the greatest threat to the team. And he's put Sandy Alderson in a hell of a bind:
We know, from Wilpon's words, that he isn't going to be investing in Jose Reyes. We know that Wilpon thinks David Wright is not a superstar. We know that Carlos Beltran is worth only 65-70 percent of what he's paid, in the eyes of the owner. It is now taken as a fait accompli in some other front offices that Reyes is going to be traded this summer, and presumably, Beltran will soon be out the door. Whether Wright will want to leave the Mets and find a more stable situation is an open question.
By being so candid, he's signaled to every GM in Major League Baseball that whatever they do, approach the Mets with a buy-low attitude. If you don't value your players, why should we?
- Oakland A's are having a terrible week: three of their best six pitchers go down with injury.
- Oakland will probably consider moving CoCo Crisp, who is in the last year of his deal with the team.
- The Braves should be (or already are) on the market for an outfielder, and Olney suggests Crisp may be a good fit.
- Olney is hearing that Anthony Rendon projects as a second baseman based on his body type and throwing arm, but essentially everyone agrees he'll be a good hitter in the majors.