It seems a bit alarmist to say before the MLB Winter Meetings have even started, but the New York Mets' offseason of change is beginning to look like a bit of a flop. With yesterday's news that shortstop Jhonny Peralta has signed in St. Louis, its becoming increasingly more difficult to see how Sandy Alderson is going to accomplish his goals this season.
Peralta represented the most logical choice, at the position Sandy Alderson himself said was his number one priority this winter. By way of a four year deal worth $53 million dollars Peralta is now off the board. As a result, Stephen Drew remains the only significant free agent shortstop remaining. He however is by all accounts well out of the Mets price range.
So what happens now?
I suppose conventional wisdom might say that the inability to retain the services of a formidable shortstop leaves more money for other places. The problem remains the organizations apparent unwillingness to "overpay". The Mets have been linked to both Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz, but can you see Sandy Alderson cut deal worth more than $60 million dollars for either? I'm not so sure I do...
Too old? Too expensive? Too long? We've heard all the excuses and we're getting mighty sick of them. While is certainly too early to call this offseason a bust, the writing is on the wall that it will fall far short of even the most modest fan's expectations. The Mets promised a roster renovation this winter, but it appears we might be in for more of the same.