Mets fans are going to let the Wilpons off the hook again. They are being snowed once again. In desperate need of offense but even more desperate not to spend money, the Mets have promoted Michael Conforto from Double A.
This move satisfies a rabid fan base eager for anything resembling an offensive weapon but it is nothing more than a shell game. The Mets front office has you looking one way when you should be looking the other way.
Conforto is a talented player but most scouts say he needs at least 50 to 100 more games in the Minor Leagues to be ready for the Major Leagues. But that would require the Mets to pay a Major League player, major league money versus a Minor League player the league minimum.
But the fan base is so close to the adult table and starving for offense that it will be thrilled to get what looks like the Mets making a move. In reality, the Mets fan base was just given a thimble and asked to start bailing the Titanic.
Conforto is not the answer. I’m sure he will have an impact – especially in future years – but to think a Double A player hitting .312 will jump to the Major Leagues and turn an offense around is silly. And to think the poor kid won’t put added pressure on himself to be a savior is even more foolish.
The Mets should trade for an available Major League rental player and let Conforto spend the rest of this year in Triple A and bring him up next year. That would be best for the kid and for the team. Instead, the team is taking the cheap way out again and conning the fan base to attend games. The Wilpons are making money and you are spending money for basically the same product.
It seems PT Barnum had it right.