The Zionist Conspiracy
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Mets executive Jeff Wilpon, the man who brought us Victor Zambrano in exchange for Scott Kazmir, kept his mouth shut for about a year. But he's back now, telling Bob Klapisch in today's Bergen Record, "We want to create something exciting on the field instead of waiting for the minor-leaguers to produce."
Nice job, Jeff. At best, this eliminates any leverage that GM Omar Minaya might have had with the Red Sox in negotiations for Manny Ramirez. Mets top prospect Lastings Milledge, who is expected to be ready for the majors either in mid-2006 or in 2007, is all but a goner. Last week, Mets top pitching prospect Yusmiero Petit was sent off to Florida as part of the Carlos Delgado trade.
With Wilpon's attitude (one that clearly is shared by his idiot father, Mets owner Fred), it's a surprise that the Mets "waited" for minor-leaguers like David Wright "to produce."
Of course, in Wright's defense, he made it to the majors at the age of 21, much sooner than anyone projected and apparently too quick for the Mets to give him away for, say, Sammy Sosa, the object of last year's Minaya obsession.
The Mets are now emulating the approach of the Yankees of the 1980's, trading all of their prospects for overpaid egomaniacs. Those Yankees teams underachieved, while the Mets were perennial contenders.
Only when the Yankees let their minor leaguers develop, giving them a core group of (then) cheap players like Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Petite, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada did they turn the tide.
For a little while, the Mets also looked to be in the right direction, but no longer.