Far too often, the New York Mets need to “get creative” in order to improve the team. It’s time they just do what’s best instead.
Creativity is a beautiful thing and has led to some wonderful art, innovation, and advances in the world. So to hear it used as frequently as we do when it comes to the New York Mets, it’s not nearly as important in the grand scheme of things.
Nevertheless, the word “creative” is often brought up when it comes to this franchise. Rarely wise enough to do the obvious, it’s the fans, analysts, and casual viewers who enjoy coming up with ways for this franchise to solve many problems it created on its own.
For example, the current Mets roster is loaded with players at the corner spots without any true starting center fielder. They’re also nearing the luxury tax, which we can undoubtedly assure ourselves the current owners will use as a hard salary cap. Reasons like this lead us to put our heads into a creative space and suggest the front office does the same.
But what if this wasn’t the case? What if the front office simply made the best offers or swapped players without financial burden?
Instead of trying to think of ways to bend the rules or find a shortcut to better baseball, I wonder how much better the team would be if they stopped telling us they’re getting creative and simply got, I don’t know, wiser?
What one person considers smart another may not. Surely, I’ve made my own boneheaded suggests at times. Sometimes, however, there are such obvious transactions to make you can’t help but wonder why the front office doesn’t push toward it.
Money has always been the focal point behind why the Mets will or will not target certain players. At least, this has been the case since the Wilpons took over.
Fortunately, this shouldn’t last for much longer thanks to Steve Cohen. He plans to buy the team and save us from yearly creative thinking. While it’s fun, we shouldn’t have to choose between Dominic Smith or J.D. Davis to help land relief pitching. We should just be able to sign the players that fit the roster best.
I know it’s not as simple as some New York Yankees fans would like to make us all believe. You can’t always get what you want. In a more picturesque world, maybe the Mets will trade someone we adore for a relief pitcher but are then able to replace him with someone else. In this era of Metropolitan baseball, it’s always a choice. We can have cake or ice cream—we can rarely have them both.
And I’ll tell you, there’s nothing that makes me angrier than uneaten cake.
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Two words I want eliminated from the vocabulary of Mets fans in the next year are “creative” and “if.” They’ve plagued the fans for years. Maybe soon enough we can get our cake, eat it, and then ask for seconds. That’s only if the Mets stop getting so creative.
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