Sunday, July 22, 2018

Mets getting cash from small Oakland A's is embarrassing

Fred abd Jeff Wilpon owners New York Mets

"If the New York Mets are just going to trade their most valuable major league assets for salary relief, rather than to try to improve the club, then it's time for MLB to step in and force the Wilpons to sell the team
, just as the league did with Frank McCourt and the Dodgers."
Keith Law, ESPN

I've been a baseball fan for over 45 years, seen plenty of trades.  The New York Mets, one of the most ineptly run teams in all of baseball just traded their closer to the Oakland A's for two minor leaguers and cash.  The names of the players aren't important for this discussion. 

What's noteworthy is that Oakland, a poor small market team is sending back money to the Mets, a big market, rich team.  At least the Mets supposed to be rich given they play in the largest market in the country. 

But this move should send up a red flag as to how much the Mets are financially strapped.  The trades I've seen through the years involving cash, usually went to teams that needed the money.  It was common for richer teams to send some bucks to the less affluent organizations  as a kicker to close a deal. 

The Mets needed cash to close a deal?   

This brings me back to the number one complaint of Mets fams--owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon. They run the tam like they live in Minnesota instead of New York.  If the Wilpons are that hard up for money while living in the sport's biggest market, then sell!  They should get out if they can't hack  it financially.  Is there any pride left in the ownership's box?  The Wilpon's are a disgrace for having to go to the Oakland A's hat in  hand to close a trade.  How much more can the Mets sink?