MLB Execs throwing shade.
From the NY POST
“I still don’t like the team on the field that much. I am not in love with it,” a National League executive said of the Mets. “But they have made significant upgrades and they will have a much better bench, so there won’t be a precipitous drop if there’s an injury, like when [Yoenis] Cespedes went down the whole team was done. They are not as good a team as Washington is on the field. You can argue with Atlanta and Philadelphia on the field. The winner is going to be the team that basically stays healthy.”
Among Van Wagenen’s stated goals was to eliminate the “ifs” and give the Mets a chance to compete even if injuries remove top players from action. As it stands, Cespedes is expected to miss at least the first half of the season rehabbing from surgery to remove calcifications from both heels.
“Contrary to what Brodie says, every team is built on ifs,” a second NL executive said. “You can’t sit there and say you are going to be ‘if-proof,’ because all it takes is one guy in any kind of rotation to go down and then what do they do?The best of the offseason pickups was probably Diaz, a 24-year-old closer who posted a 1.96 ERA and 57 saves last season for the Mariners. The other component of the trade, Cano, is 36 years old and coming off an 80-game PED suspension. There are also questions about his range at second base.
Lowrie, who turns 35 in April, will likely see much of his action at third base, but can move around the infield. Ramos will provide the Mets with a bat behind the plate, but also must show he can stay healthy after missing extensive action in recent seasons. Familia and Wilson will complement Diaz and figure to bolster a bullpen that was among the worst in baseball last season.
“Addressing the bullpen was probably the best thing that they did,” the second executive said. “It’s a good pen and they have got a good club. It’s going to be a very good division.”
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Now is this the Execs trying to downplay the Mets moves or do they really think they suck? Also if Brodie does do well, are they worried that they might be replaced by Scott Boras?