In an effort to get the team to their first World Series title since 1986, the Mets mortgaged their future by trading Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn while taking on $100 million of the contract due to a 36 year old second baseman coming off a PED suspension.
After that, the Mets made good but more measured moves in signing Jeurys Familia and Wilson Ramos. Despite these moves, the Mets find themselves as being likely the third best team in the division, and that is before the Phillies get done adding players.
For many Mets fans, this is an indication the team needs to go all-in at a time the Mets say they are going all-in. For many, that means Bryce Harper, a 26 year old superstar entering the prime of his career.
For others, they don’t believe Harper is the guy, and they cite numerous reasons why. When boiling it down, here are the most valid reasons for not pursuing Harper:
- The Mets opted to sign Manny Machado instead.
- The Mets swung a deal with the Yankees to take on Giancarlo Stanton‘s contract in exchange for Todd Frazier thereby giving the Yankees wiggle room to sign Harper or Machado.
- Jeff Wilpon built a time machine to bring 2015 Yoenis Cespedes to play LF.
- After years of bungling injuries as part of an ongoing mad scientist experiment, they finally cracked the code, and they can now restore players to full health allowing them to put David Wright back at third and Cespedes in left.
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