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Buster: Slow and steady for Mets rebirth

5/30/2012

Buster Olney on his Insider blog at ESPN.com notes the Mets are not going to suddenly start spending wildly next offseason. They're going to let the farm system percolate, and have spending upgrades track revenue boosts if attendance rises. Writes Olney:

It's a slow-burn strategy, and rival officials believe it has a chance to work under Sandy Alderson, because there is hope on the horizon. Zack Wheeler, the pitching prospect acquired from the San Francisco Giants for Carlos Beltran, is dominating hitters in the minors with a fastball in the range of 94-97 mph, and Matt Harvey is progressing in Triple-A. Jenrry Mejia, whose development was derailed in the past, appears to be back on track.

"Wheeler reminds me of a right-handed Matt Moore -- he's that good," said one evaluator recently. "He's got really easy gas -- tremendous stuff. You could see a situation where the Mets have Wheeler, Harvey and Mejia in the big leagues by the middle of June [2013], and they could have something building."

The Mets need help in the middle of the diamond, at catcher, in the middle infield, and they may make intermediate moves as they wait for the maturation of their core of young pitching. But they don't intend to throw around big dollars, sources say, and while there has been speculation that signing David Wright may require a 10-year investment, the Mets may be much more conservative in these negotiations than expected.

Wright is 29 years old and is competing for a batting title, but the Mets may well be looking to spend their dollars on power hitters, as they push forward, slowly.

Insiders read more here.