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Why do the Mets always seem to be the last ones to know? Why are they always a step behind? Omar Minaya and consequently Jerry Manuel should have been fired after last season, but inexplicably were given another shot (ok, not inexplicably – it was because of money). The organization always seems to have a “let’s throw things against the wall, kind of wait around to see what happens and then react” philosophy as opposed to having an actual well-thought-out plan. They’re finally getting around to making a few intelligent moves lately, but they seem to be the last ones to know that these moves should have already been made. It’s better late than never, though.

They got the whole Jenrry Mejia/Ike Davis thing backwards coming out of spring training. Davis had already had a college career in a top-notch program and a few seasons in the minors, so he was more major-league ready than Mejia. Once Daniel Murphy came up lame, with his bum knee, that was the perfect excuse to bring Davis up to the Mets. But they decided to put Mike Jacobs there and wait and see how he did. We all waited and saw that he was awful. Davis was then called up out of necessity. Of course, factoring into the organization’s decision was the start of Davis’ arbitration clock, but I guess that didn’t factor into the Mejia decision. The team knew that their starting rotation was, let’s say, “shaky” coming into 2010, so why not have their top prospect starting in the minors in case they need him, which they actually do right now. But he’s just now being sent to the minors – though I don’t think it’s official yet – to start again. The bullpen situation was also a question mark coming out of spring training, but why weaken one area to help another?

Davis should have started on opening day, with the last spot on the bench between Jacobs, Frank Catalanotto and Chris Carter. And the Mets always go with the veteran instead of a hungry young player (though Carter’s not that young). But the vets gave the team zero production, zero energy and zero cool nicknames, like The Animal. Carter finally gets his chance a month-and-a-half into the season. And he sure looks like he knows what he’s doing at the plate more than the guys he’s replaced.

It would have been unrealistic to expect the Mets to have released or have Oliver Perez “disappear” to start the season, so at least it’s promising that they banished him before summer has even rolled around. Of course, Perez has refused a minor-league assignment, tying the Mets’ hands to make a roster move. And with Jon Niese’s injury, Hisanori Takahashi has to move into the rotation, which weakens the bullpen (but it looks like R.A. Dickey will make at least one start and then go to the bullpen when Niese returns). The Mets need to release Ollie, with Jeff Wilpon taking a hit in his allowance and eating Perez’s salary. If Perez is going to be selfish by not working out his troubles in the minors (if they can ever be worked out), tell Perez to take a hike. But, of course, it’s not my money.

Who’s next to go, Gary Matthews Jr.? How long before something bad happens to John Maine (I mean besides starting a game by throwing 12 straight balls out of the strike zone)? The Mets are finally making some reasonable, intelligent moves, but, as always, they’re a little late to the party.

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