Boy, I’ll tell you what, as a New York Mets fan it feels damn good going into a season with a target on your back.
For too many years the Mets fan-base could only hope that they would have a miraculous season. Not because the team stockpiled players, but because we had nothing else to cling to.
Well with the signing of Yoenis Cespedes this offseason, hope not only springs eternal, it launches the fan-base into the stratosphere. An area poor Mets fans have not been in some time.
Now let’s be realistic, when the Mets got Kevin McReynolds back in ’87 there was hype also. Let’s also not forget about the young arms of the 90s. But both teams had their wrinkles. So it’s nice to have some hope going into a season with a not only a strong lineup, but the best pitching staff in the majors.
I like what the Mets have done with the structure of the contract; three years, $75 million, $10 million upfront so Yoenis can go out and buy some more exotic cars. The real value here is that they did not hamstring themselves with a five, seven, or 10 year contract.
They left themselves some room to be to negotiate with their future “Billion Dollar Pitching” staff. You see, when Yoenis comes off the books, Matt Harvey will be a free agent and in the subsequent years that follow, DeGrom, Matz, Syndergaard, Wheeler will join the negotiating table.
So at a minimum, management in New York has calmed a fan-base, set themselves up to win now, and put themselves in a position to make a pitch to retain their “Billion Dollar Pitching” staff in the subsequent years to come.
As a Mets fan, I am finally hopeful for this year and many years to come.