The issue, to me, is: how does acquiring Matthews fit in to the overall plan to be better? Actually, come to think of it, what is the overall plan to be better?
The post is a great opinion piece by Matt Cerrone and asks a lot of good questions in search of some answers. He also stumbles upon a point that I've been trying to get out of my brain, but haven't quite figured out how to put it on paper; this same idea is essentially my opinion regarding the acquisition of another outfielder for the Braves:
And so, moves like acquiring Matthews, though perhaps fine as a single transaction, still seem off message and out of step from what management claims to want, and from what the fans want, meaning the Mets come across as seeming confused, as if they’re just making random moves for the sake of filling roster spots.
Yes, Johnny Damon or someone else may be a slight upgrade in some aspects, but it's not an impact move, it's more of a move for the sake of shutting everyone up who is complaining that the team is not making enough moves. Damon also weakens our outfield defense, and only really adds situational speed, not "run anytime" speed like he once had. Anyway... /soapbox /dead-horse