Heading into 2013, the budget isn’t changing. The team is 73-87. They are 11th in the NL in runs scored, 11th in ERA. So clearly, they aren’t playing at a level close to what anybody could consider successful. They are going to win fewer games in 2012 than 2011, which in turn was fewer wins than in 2010.
And now we get word that the coaching staff is to remain intact for 2013, too.
Now, in a world where we didn’t understand the Mets are under severe financial hardship, this would be an incomprehensible decision.
But really, what the Mets are saying by endorsing the return of all the coaches is: we don’t think anyone else could have gotten more out of this group of players. For what it’s worth, I agree, or at least, I don’t believe the difference between this coaching staff and another would have been enough to push the Mets into contention.
Combine that with a lack of additional resources for the 2013 season, meaning no influx of free agents, not even additional salary added via trade, and the talent level is likely to remain the same next year as the team that is, remember, 73-87.
Either they believe the talent on hand is ready to make a giant leap forward. Or they’re giving up on 2013 before it begins.
And you have ownership’s lack of resources to thank.