Slow to the Punch
Yes, I've been incommunicado for a last two hours and had no idea the Mets signed Billy Wagner. Since 1980, the Mets finished in first place only twice and went to the playoffs only four times. As of now, the Mets, behind aggressive the GM work of Omar Minaya, went out and addressed the two biggest needs for the Mets from this past season. They got the big bat (and clubhouse leader to boot) and the electric arm to close games out. As things stand now, the Mets have the second best team in the National League when I look through my Mets colored glasses and I do realize that not everyone is done dealing yet and that includes the Mets. If the Mets do what a lot of people want and go for AJ Burnett and add a reliever, they could arguably have the best team on paper in the National League. Of course, you could make a case for why the Mets have the best team in the NL right now, but I'm happy just being regarded at the top and letting everyone play the games.
As Will said in the comments the other day when Delgado was signed, Willie just became a 'better' manager. Today, Willie just became a 'much better' manager. Something tells me he will 'improve' a lot more by the time all is said and done. Of course, all these moves guarantee nothing as the Yankees will tell you, but the Mets are putting themselves in prime position to be the team to beat. Really not much else to add here but fucking swell. Four years?FUCKING SWELL! Billy Wagner is a Met, the Phillies Plan B will be pitching north of the border, and all is right in Queens. Now, if everyone can convince Omar to ease up on Manny and perhaps trade some starting pitching for another bat or trade them for prospects to be used for another bat while wrapping up AJ Burnett by Christmas, I think it could be argued that the Mets topped one of the best off seasons in history last year with this year’s effort. You can call it what you want and say throwing money around is not so impressive, but what Omar has done here is impressive considering the shape this team was in and the stigma attached to this team and it’s front office. Don't expect a post tomorrow. I'll be hung over after celebrating the week us Met fans have had.