Everything is silent on the New York Mets’ front right now—a calm if you will.

This time next week, however, will not be so quiet. The fans, writers, and media are all waiting with bated breath in anticipation of the direction this team will decide to go in.

As everyone knows by now, this Saturday at 4pm EST the MLB trade deadline ends. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are currently at a “wait and see ” point in the process.

While the Mets wait, the fans see a lot happening. The many pitchers that have been examined over the past month or more in anticipation of the deadline are dwindling down to a few unlikely options.

Let’s take a brief look at them.

First there was Cliff Lee.

The bloggers debated him for weeks and every website seemed to be running Lee stories. He was being considered, then the talks stalled and he went to Texas. Still, I expect that discussion to be revisited in the offseason when he becomes a free agent.

Then there was Dan Haren .

Arizona never officially discussed him with anyone associated with the team, except for a phone call or two of inquiries. But the bloggers discussed him at great length.

He’s gone now too, off to sunny California where he got hurt in his first start with the Angels.

There is also the controversial Carlos Zambrano .

He demanded out of Chicago this time last month. Now just yesterday, he is trying to make amends and stay in the Windy City. Most fans here may be thankful for that, but still another name is off the board.

Jake Peavy had been mentioned, and I wrote an article on him as an option.

He wasn’t interested in staying with the White Sox if they were going to be rebuilding. Since then, he became injured and had to shut down for the season—maybe longer.

Speaking of Chicago, Ted Lilly is still out there, but when last rumored, the Mets weren’t interested because they felt his loss in velocity was a red flag. So he will go somewhere else and help another team succeed most likely.

They also weren’t interested in paying Cleveland too much for Fausto Carmona . He had been doing well on a struggling team and the trade rumor winds swirled early on this, but died down as quickly as they were built up.

Then there’s Roy Oswalt , who, when last rumored, may be landing in Philly without the defending NL champs even giving up Jayson Werth . Wouldn’t that be wonderful as a Mets fan, going into Philly and face Halladay and Oswalt with the offense still intact?

As the potential options of a trade deadline that had fans so hyped over the past few weeks begin to drop like flies, we have to consider another option: Nothing.

Nothing can be an option. In fact, it has been this team’s option for the past few years. Despite hot seats and losing streaks, they remain idle year after year.

I hate to say it, but this year may very well be the same old thing. If that happens this season though, I think the real storm will strike.

It is already brewing off in the distance. The calm before the trade deadline storm is awaiting the right time to unleash its fury upon the Mets .

How will it be perceived? Will that storm be a result of Omar splashing into the trade waters? Will it be a response to more silence?

Either way, it is coming. If the Mets remain silent, the ramifications of that decision may very well cost several coaches their jobs. The only ones then that would be safe will be, of course, the Wilpons , Omar Minaya, and Jerry Manuel.

Perhaps that is the root of the problem though.

The Wilpons refuse to see that Minaya is not the right guy for this team in that position. He would be a wonderful scout or head of scouting, or even an assistant GM. But as the main man with the plan he withers away faster than an ice cream cone in a heat wave.

I will not re-examine this, but suffice it to say he lacks the aggressiveness needed to be in this market.

If the Wilpons keep him, they will most likely let him keep his managerial choice, Jerry Manuel. That sets us up for a repeat of all of this terrible outlook, miscommunication, and indecision for next year too.

That would be most unfortunate. While the insightful and knowledgeable fan base recognizes the real problems, the ones who can fix it, do not. It is like being at a hospital where the doctor wants to put a band aid on an open wound. While the family yells “stitch it up”, the doctor scratches his head and shrugs his shoulders unaware of the massive blood that is being lost during his indecision.

This is the Mets ownership, and the team is bleeding. It needs stitches, not a band aid! Stitch it up!

If ownership doesn’t, the indecision will most certainly be fatal to someone’s tenure and the team’s season. The storm that the indecision creates will most certainly be brutal enough to leave this team crippled and helpless in its wake. It’s coming and very soon.

Until then, enjoy the silence. It won’t last much longer.



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