New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson formally announced that Terry Collins had been given a two-year contract with an option for 2016 during a lunchtime press conference Monday.
That answered what is probably the least important question the team will need to deal with this off-season.
The Wally Backman fans are probably going nuts that their guy is not going to manage the Mets. (But hey, there are already job openings in Washington, Seattle and Chicago… maybe he’ll land one of those, or a spot that’s yet to officially open.)
The pro reporters are talking about what a great job Collins did with the limited talent on his roster, but they’re mainly happy because Collins is a good guy to deal with. Fair enough, but I don’t really care if their jobs are easy or hard.
I’m more interested in the roster. The Mets have an All-Star at third base, and a highly regarded rookie who will get the opportunity to prove he’s a worthy major league catcher.
They’ve got a 24-year-old center fielder who caught everything he could get to and threw out 15 runners on the base paths, but hit just .242 with an OPS of .633 in 121 games. The second baseman had a pretty good year, but will never win a gold glove and had a .319 on base percentage with a .286 batting average. The left fielder led the National League with 46 stolen bases, but hit just .249 (with a .310 on base percentage.)
First base, shortstop and right field may as well be black holes.
And the latest guesstimate is that Alderson has $35 million to play with this winter. Is that enough to patch the worst of the lineup holes, add a veteran backup catcher and some bullpen arms and bring in another starting pitcher (maybe Johan Santana?) for insurance? Probably not.
And even on September 30th, the names of the players in the lineup matter to me a heck of a lot more than the name of the guy filling out the lineup card.