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Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency.

If Alderson stays true to his word, it’s safe to assume this takes the Mets out of the mix for players like Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Shin-Soo Choo. There could be others, depending on how the market plays out.

While Choo would be a great fit for the Mets, Alderson’s comments ultimately don’t come as a big surprise. However, it’s unclear whether this is due to his philosophy/valuation or ownership’s unwillingness (or inability) to spend big. It could be a combination of both factors.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a “Mets insider” earlier this month that the team plans to use a similar approach as the Red Sox did last offseason, signing multiple mid-tier free agents rather than splurging on one player. They are also expected to be active in the trade market.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Signing mid-tier free agents would be a great approach for the Mets…..if the team had more than 2 mid-tier players on the team already… who has been injury prone and the other out for the year.

    Boston already had a couple of pretty good players on their roster

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I misspoke….

      They have 2 players who are above mid-tier.

  2. kappy32 - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    The Mets can’t follow the Sox approach because even after the big trade last year, the Sox had a core of both position players & pitchers. The Mets have Wright as a position core player & Harvey (out until 2015) & Wheeler as core pitchers. That’s a far cry from Pedroia, Ortiz, Ellsbury, Middlebrooks, Buccholz, Lackey & Lester. Until I see it, I’m expecting another disappointing offseason from the Mets filled with excuses & increased ticket prices.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      It seems to me that, given the strengths of the Nationals and Braves, the Mets should wait for Harvey’s return before spending big on free agents.

  3. raynman49 - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    They have so many needs, they can’t afford to pay too much for one or two players. The Red Sox approach would be the way to go.

  4. chacochicken - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    If the Mets and a dozen other teams all decide to sign the “mid-tier” players those mid-tiers may suddenly jump in value.

  5. mrrooch - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Mets still have one 100 mil player left on their payroll… Bobby Bonilla. He could probably help them in the 5 or 6 hole.

    • jwbiii - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Sigh. One more time. . . that was a good deal for the Mets.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Wait, wait, wait.

        That presumes an 8 percent return on investment. Can someone tell me where this magical place is?

  6. mtr75 - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    The Red Sox approach would be great for the Mutts. The Red Sox had a $180 million payroll last year.

  7. tonystrong - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I’m a Yankees fan and let me tell you it’s sad to see the Mets in this state. From like 98 to 07, 08 when the Mets were good New York City was a great baseball city during the summer. The luster has worn off and I think that partly has to do with the Mets being as bad as they’ve been for now going on 6 years. The Subway Series used to be a highlight of the summer in New York, it really was quite the event. Now it’s an afterthought. I really hope the Wilpons open up the pocketbook or sell the team to someone who will. The city and more importantly Mets fans deserve a better product!

    • brianb26 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      And now think about how things might have been different if the Mets hadn’t swept the Yankees in those 4 meaningless games for you…

  8. thebadguyswon - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Spending money doesn’t even matter – wins do.

    As far as the Subway Series, its an afterthought because its boring and features two non-playoff teams. That won’t change next year either.

    • dcarroll73 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      You do realize that the Yanks finished only 6.5 games out of a wildcard spot despite having just about their entire starting team on the DL, don’t you? Or do you just enjoy throwing out pop-off negative comments without any basis in fact? The Mets are another matter. While the Yanks have budget issues for the very valid luxury tax reason, the Mets are just badly, cheaply, owned and operated.

  9. thebadguyswon - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I know a team in decline when I see it. Mets fans are good at that. The Yanks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon either.

    You can be irked by that, but it doesn’t change anything.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I wouldn’t presume to say anything about the Yankees for sure until we know where Cano and Kuroda end up. It the moment, their better position player and their best pitcher are free agents, and their closer retired. They also lost their No. 3 starter (Pettitte) to retirement and their No. 5 starter (Hughes) is a free agent. Granderson is a free agent. Heck, Boone Logan is a free agent.

      Until more free agents move around, I don’t think any of us can even guess how good the Yankees will be in 2014.

  10. thebadguyswon - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Spare me the injury excuse. That happens when you have the oldest lineup in baseball.

    Other funny things happen with old teams too – like getting swept by the Mets in the Subway Series.

  11. deep64blue - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    It would have been a good deal if Madoff’s returns were real ….

  12. chill1184 - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Around late May or early June (I forget), Wilpon has a huge loan due for the stadium and the general loan refinances. Around that time the truth is going to come out in regards to if Wilpon is actually on steady financial ground and Selig nor the gaggle of retards that is the mainstream sports media will be able to hide it.

  13. righthandofjustice - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    With Harvey out the entire season, the Mets are realistically a long shot even if they buy mid-tier players the way the Boston did last year. You don’t hand out $100+ million contracts to compete for the 3rd place in your division with the Phillies and Marlins.

    The other issue is many teams may also be looking for budget middle tier players instead of big tickets items. It is hard to get what they really want without trading away valuable farm hands.

    Perhaps their bigger concern from a longer term financial perspective is the demise of the fallen Wall Street star Stephen Cohan, their minority owner at this stage who was previously expected to significantly increase his stakes in the Mets, if not eventually take it over from the hands of the Wilpons. Cohan is fined $1.8 billion by the SEC and under the threat of having his entire $9 billion fund frozen. That won’t help the Wilpons.

  14. cackalackyank - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    From what I understand that list probably includes Granderson then, too. Thought I heard he was looking for about $100 million in his new deal.

  15. mrznyc - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Sell Fred, sell.

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