I have noticed a very disturbing trend. Mostly from those who believe in the rebuild process but still believe that there is some magic date this team will be ready by. For the past few years the date has been the 2014 season. When certain money come off the books. Now the past few weeks has brought with it a new date of 2015.
This is a rebuild people. A rebuild that began July of 2010. Not 1986, not the mid-90's...2010. For 2 1/2 years this team has been run on the budget it has been given, and has been reduced each year. A rebuild will do this, as it's purpose is to get rid of large contracts, aging players, and those who have not performed. All for the sake of finding cheap, young, future controllable, MLB ready players to create a new core. So far the Mets have young players in place, and continue to do so, as the new core has not been found yet. Guys like Ike, Murphy, Tejada, Duda, Kirk, Baxter, Niese, Gee...plus, do not have a solidified spot, and should be judged by now as to whether they should be kept. New names this season like Cowgill, Valdespin, and most of the SP names like Harvey, Mejia, Hefner, McHugh, etc...are names that will begin to be judged this season.
This is how a rebuild really should work. Generally you want to see some progress 3-5 years into it. You want a direction...even if it is part of a core...you want something. Well it guarantees NOTHING. There is no date to go by. No expiration. No expectation date.
In fact there is an equal percentage that a rebuild doesn't work, and has to be done over. This was the sticking point that has been my fear this NY Market couldn't handle. By far we know there is zero patience in the area. Sure we have waited for a long time...but we have no patience. See if we did, we would accept what the Mets have been trying to do, and watch with anticipation as to what this new core would be. No by the looks of most of the comments here, we can't wait to go back to retooling. To bring in the biggest FA name every year. To hope to be contenders...instantly.
It's too late. The rebuild is underway. I simply just do not want to see any abnormal expectations. Whether you believe in impatience...or believe there is some magical date a switch will be turned on (like 2014 or 2015). It won't happen.