Dear Mets Fan:

All of us at the Mets are bitterly disappointed in failing to achieve our collective goal of building upon last year’s success. We did not meet our organization’s expectations — or yours. Everyone at Shea feels the same range of emotions as you — our loyal fans — and we know we have let you down. We wanted to thank you for your record-breaking support of our team this year.

Equally important, Ownership will continue its commitment in providing the resources necessary to field a championship team. Omar will be meeting with Ownership shortly to present his plan on addressing our shortcomings so that we can achieve our goal of winning championships in 2008 and beyond.

You deserve better results.

Many thanks again for your record-breaking support.

The New York Mets

Though it’s a bit of any eye opener to learn that Mets fans “deserve” to win the division, I do hope Omar and Wilpons fail to heed the advice of WFAN’s Mike Francesca, who today opined that swapping Carlos Beltran to “a small market” would “bring back a pitcher.”

Francesca’s logic went something like this : Beltran’s salary looks downright bargain-riffic in ’08, “and he’s not a New York kind of guy”.  Thus, Mike’d Up would have the Mets move a superlative centerfielder two years younger than A-Rod, and one that’s managed to play his way through injuries during each of his 3 seasons in Flushing.  Which hurler from a small-market might possibly command fair value for an everyday player who could well be a MVP candidate for the next 5 years? Even if Minnesota — likely to lose Torii Hunter this winter — were to dangle Johan Santana  (33 HR’s allowed in 2007), I’d hesitate to make such a deal.