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So, Alex Rodriquez thinks the Yankees and Major League Baseball are conspiring against to get his contract voided. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry was being coached by George on how to beat a lie detector test. George said, "Remember it is not a lie if you believe it."
It was 66 years ago that the single biggest moment in baseball took place on a little patch of green grass in Brooklyn known as Ebbets Field, a moment that transcended the sporting world and continues to have an impact on society. Of course, it was the day Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier and with it, lifted the curtain on the era of civil rights in the United States.
As we embark on the 2013 baseball season which begins with spring training report dates in a few weeks, another Performance Enhancing Drug scandal has been put on there for all the world to see. According to published reports, some notable major league players have been linked to a drug supplier who handed out PEDS on a regular basis. Those players include Melky Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez as well as Bartolo Colon and Gio Gonzalez.
When the news broke this morning courtesy of Ed Coleman that David Wright had agreed to a contract extension, Met fans in the tri-star area rejoiced and rightfully so. I have known David Wright for almost 10 years and I can safely say he embodies what a New York Met should be. He is a talented player who understands that talent without hard work yields no results. He also knows that New York is a tough town that will both be critical and loyal at the same time and David Wright embraces that.
The evolution of these negotiations was fascinating to me and it played out on Twitter all week long with Met fans weighing in on the pros and cons of signing Wright to this extension. To me, the issue was always a simple one: This is a home-grown player who deserved to be paid well for what he has done and what he will ultimately provide. I have always said that one day David Wright's uniform # will forever reside on CitiField's left field wall mostly because of his numbers but also because of what he means to Met fans.
I have heard Met fans lament about their team because they simply repeat what the media keeps saying about the Mets but I am here to tell you Sandy Alderson has a plan and a year or 2 from now, Met fans will be pleased with what they see. But the first step to making this team a contender is making sure David Wright and RA Dickey are both part of the solution.
And I honestly think that will happen. Simply put, David Wright is the face of this franchise and his #5 will be sitting next to the other retired numbers on the CitiField outfield wall one day but more importantly, he's a bona-fide run producer and you do not find that on every street corner especially at the third base position.
One thing is crystal clear from my conversations with Sandy Alderson and that is he intends to make changes this off-season as the evaluation process with this team has concluded. He will continue to reinforce his minor league system and we saw the start of that with the advent of the "Matt Harvey Era" last season. There are others on the way but the intention is to improve the team this off-season with more power in the lineup and more power arms in the bullpen. The free-agent class is not deep this year so he will have to be creative but all eyes will be on a general manager who enters his first off-season in the post-Madoff era.
One thing we should have all learned this season is that building a baseball team is not about throwing millions of dollars at a problem. It certainly did not work for the Miami Marlins. And while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels have spent the last 12 months spending money like a teenager who just got dad's credit card, it should be noted that the subtle moves made the difference in places like San Francisco where Marco Scutaro became the bargain of the trading deadline.