After a night filled with craziness and immense speculation, Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets get back to work through another avenue.
By Robby Sabo
Wednesday night certainly brought a different feel at Citi Field. Despite the New York Mets quietly falling to the San Deigo Padres, 7-3, enthusiasm and optimism was running rampant through the stadium.
Of course we now know this was the deal that didn’t happen. The trade for which social media got ahead of itself, according to Alderson while speaking with the media following the game.
Via Adam Rubin of ESPN:
“It’s an unfortunate situation, but whatever has been speculated over the course of the evening has not and will not transpire,” Alderson said following the Wednesday night’s game.
It’s an unusual situation that sets up a priceless tomorrow – for these are the Mets and we all knew they’d find a way to screw it up.
While WFAN and others continue to drill that point home this morning, the major issue still at-large here remains the Mets lineup.
Where does Alderson go from here?
Without the perfect fit that Gomez would’ve brought to the table (lead-off hitter, solid defense, speed, right-handed bat), New York needs to burn up the phones up until the trade deadline on Friday at 4 pm ET.
The usual suspects still remain. Players such as Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and A.J. Pollock are the guys high on the list. Ben Zobrist is now off the table due to his being shipped to the Kansas City Royals.
Yesterday also brought the news that the possibility of Cespedes is now dead. Mike Francesa – while on air towards the end of his afternoon-drive show – proclaimed as such.
Furthermore, it seems as though Alderson isn’t too enamored with Upton. Rumors usually swirl quickly, and due to the fact that we haven’t heard anything surfacing in this regard makes that possibility slim to none.
So, yet again, where do the Mets go?
At this point it might come down to another lower-level move. While acquiring the likes of Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson didn’t excite fans at the time last week, their arrivals have already made a considerable impact.
Johnson has rounded the bases once and Uribe has already walked-it off.
Many are wondering why Alderson didn’t take that chance on Gomez.
All indications point to the idea that Gomez’s injured hip was the sole reason the deal died on the table. The players were agreed upon (unfortunately for Wilmer Flores at the time), the social media world was abuzz, the only thing that remained was the Brewers taking a chance on Zack Wheeler.
Mets fans finally puffed their chest out about the fact that their organization “took a chance” on a player. They went for it, despite Gomez not tearing it up this season and occasionally finding himself in the trainer’s room.
Unfortunately for Alderson and company, Mets fans will now stay disappointed until he acquires a big bat from the right side of the plate.
Further complicating things will be this dark cloud hovering over the organization due to how the entire night was handled.
Allowing Flores, a 23-year old kid who signed with the organization just after his 16th birthday, to be exposed to this situation it pretty unforgivable. Not to mention it brings up red-flags surrounding the communication concerns between Alderson and Terry Collins.
Will it happen? Stay tuned.
One thing is for sure, Mets fans have now been teased, and they now want a right-handed slugger.
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