It's not even that the are cheap... they spend it on the wrong players. They could have gotten Harper, Kimbrel, Keuchel for what they brought in, if you include Cano and Diaz. I think Diaz is a great reliever but its dumb to go in on an elite closer when the rest of your team is in shambles... lipstick on a pig. And Familia has been a scary reliever since the royals beat him up... no matter what the numbers say. It's like they figure out exactly how much they need to spend so people believe they are trying without actually going all in on a complete roster rebuild which is what needs to happen.The 'Pons gotta use that insurance money to recoup from the Madoff scandal. It's neauseating how they use this team as their personal war chest. They're completely content with spending minimal money to get a 75-82 win team on the field and break even.
If I were GM, I would trade Thor, Diaz for as many prospects as I could get and resign Wheeler ASAP to a long term deal. I'd also listen to offers for DeGrom... the Mets, as currently constructed, aren't going to be good anytime during the rest of his career. He deserves another shot. They also need to move Rosario out of short. Rebuild around McNeil, Alonso, Conforto, Rosario. Everyone else has one to two years to prove it or go. They also either need to trade Dom Smith or find a place for his bat. This team does not have enough above average major league bats or arms. It's time to blow the whole thing up... It was so stupid to trade for Diaz and Cano without doing anything else to significantly improve the roster. Complete waste of assets.