Sherman quotes Sandy Alderson as saying:
“Patience is not a virtue unless you take advantage of it by exercising it well.
Patience is only part of a strategy.”
Sherman takes that to mean that Alderson recognizes that the time to "stop stockpiling and start winning" has arrived. I'm not so sure. The Mets are prepared to enter the 2014 season with glaring holes in their roster. Still, the front office refuses to part with any quality arms via trade. So how are the Mets to fill these holes via trade if they're not willing to give up anything in exchanged? I think there's a good bit of merit in the work that Alderson has done to date, but if he thinks hes going acquire players for scraps and manage to keep payroll down, he's got another thing coming.
Speaking of payroll.. Alderson told Sherman:
"You will get guys [out in the trade market] who no longer fit their
organization’s payroll parameters."
For some reason (probably clicks), Sherman uses Jose Reyes as an example here and the notion that if the Blue Jays decide to clean house and Reyes becomes available, the Mets should look to acquire him. Maybe they should..maybe they shouldn't, but the reality is the Mets didn't sign Reyes before they didn't feel he was worth a $100 million dollar contract. Is it realistic to think they'll try to acquire him when he's three years older and there is still $70 million and three years remaining on the deal? I highly doubt it.
Payroll remains the organizations achilles heal. Until they surprise us and really open their wallets, we're forced to assume the money isn't available. Its hard to envision Alderson making trades for expensive players who've worn out their welcome elsewhere, because the Mets appear to have stretched their own playroll parameters to their breaking point. Perhaps this is part of the patience portion of the overall plan, but until I see otherwise, what are we supposed to believe.
I agree wholeheartedly with Sherman that the Mets have reached the end of the "build from within" segment of their rebuild. At this point, taking the roster to the next level will require outside assistance. Whether that come via trade or free agency, the organization is going to have to party with its resources. Prospects are our most plentiful version of currency at this point, so the trade market may be the most efficient route, however I'm not sold on Alderson's front office making the moves until we see them.