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The Mets will not be pursuing big free agents

Sep 24, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

From the Department of Not Particularly Surprising Affairs, the Daily News reports that the 2011 Mets are gong to look a lot like the 2010 Mets:

Those
familiar with the team’s thinking say the Mets believe they have too
much money committed to their roster next season – at least $130
million, much of which will go to players who have not performed – to
seriously consider spending heavily on free agents.

Off the table, Andy Martino says, is Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth.

Werth being off the table is no great loss, inasmuch as the Mets did the “sign the corner outfielder on the wrong side of 30″ thing last year and found it wanting. Lee and Crawford would be nice additions, though. But again, we’ve suspected that the Mets won’t be playing that game this winter for a while. Having it confirmed like this, however, has to be somewhat deflating.

The Mets are caught in a no-man’s land between being a high-payroll contender and a rebuilding team with a bright future.  If they can’t jack the payroll even higher in an effort to spend their way out of this mess — which, while inadvisable and distasteful could, theoretically, work — then they should tear things down to the foundation as soon as possible and start over.

  1. BC - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    No, why on EARTH would we need Cliff Lee??!? (sarcasm)

  2. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    I don’t think big spending could work for the Mets, since the people doing the big spending don’t seem to have a clue. They’d be better off relying on their scouts and development folks, who seem to be having some good results.
    All of this almost makes me feel sorry for Mets fans. Almost.

  3. BC - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Thank you.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Thank you for the sorry, or thank you for the almost? I’m doing a study….

  5. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    You’re welcome. I think.
    Seriously, I do think the Mets can have a bright future if they focus on plowing some of the wasted bucks that will eventually come off the payroll into youth, because they can make money. And maybe they’ll get someone to give them some young talent at the trade deadline next year for Beltran.

  6. John_Michael - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    I hope you didn’t type that from a Bank of America outside the University of Miami with a bomb strapped to your back…I know the summer’s been tough on you, but you still have a lot to live for! Besides, I’m not feeding your snakes.

  7. matt - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    This may be the first offseason in a while that the Mets dont win the “Winter World Series”. Phillies and Braves fans won’t have the pleasure of listening to delusional Mets fans talk about how prior pathetic collapses were just a fluke and this year will be different because we signed (fill in the blank with the latest big name that meant no difference to their upcoming poor season). Then of course Phillies and Braves fans would inevitably say “dont you think you might want to see your team actually do well for more than 2 weeks before you proclaim yourselves the top of the heap?” That would normally be responded to with the usual loudmouth insults and reasons why previous blatant failures were a fluke. Oh well. Based on this article it looks like Phillies/Braves again next year with the lowly Mets wondering what the hell happened……. You do have Ollie Perez though…

  8. doctorfunke - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    “…in an effort to spend their way out of this mess — which, while inadvisable and distasteful could, theoretically, work.”
    I know I’ve heard this before.

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