Pitchers and catchers report to St. Lucie in three weeks and where is the sense of optimism that comes with the approaching baseball season?
In the past three years the Mets entered spring training without realistic hope save wishing they could muster a competitive season to keep their dwindling fan base interested and enthused.
This year included.
It is not healthy when the fans’ biggest hopes are for the owners to sell and not trade their marquee player. The core three of David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran is down to Wright, and nobody would be surprised if he got off to a fast start and the Mets dealt him in July. Believe me, the vultures are calling.
In scanning the Mets’ roster, if you look ahead to next year, there is a handful of players I can realistically see coming back for spring training 2013. The list begins with Jason Bay and Johan Santana, both because they have contracts that make them nearly impossible to trade. In Santana’s case, add the injury element.