Nevertheless, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, the current perception around baseball is that the Mets are not willing to take on additional salary to improve the team, unless of course they first shed payroll (June 13. 2:11 pm).
The Mets are 34-30 and a half game in first place ahead of the Nationals, who have lost 12 of their last 20 games.
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets are sitting on a golden opportunity here: in first place, nearly halfway through the season and fighting a weakened Washington team in a division with teams they've mostly dominated. They're playing well at home, fans are excited, players are buying in, the pitching staff is exactly what they'd been hoping for, the playoffs are a legit possibility and if they get to October they can do well given the rotation. I mean, what else are they waiting for?
I'm not saying they need to go get a $20 million player, because, frankly, I don't think that guy is available. And even if he is, I don't want to break up the rotation to get him. However, when will it be a better time to add a role player or two to help balance out and solidify the roster? This level acquisition would not only help the team on field, but it would also show players and fans that the front office and ownership is behind them every step of the way.
There are no guarantees in life, let alone baseball. This season is sitting on a platter in front of this front office, and I hope they don't miss their chance to make the most of it, because you never know what's around the corner...