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Mets suffering from “sticker shock” on free agents

Nov 20, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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Ushering in a “new day” for the Mets is a bit more difficult than GM Sandy Alderson anticipated. Per Mike Puma of the New York Post on Twitter, the Mets are dealing with “sticker shock” in the current free agent market. Puma writes that the Mets were hoping to pursue free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year deal but were disappointed to find out he is asking for three years.

If the season were to start tonight, the Mets would be utilizing Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Tejada posted a .519 OPS in 227 plate appearances in the Majors in 2013.

Puma is also hearing that the Mets are eyeing free agent Phil Hughes over Bronson Arroyo at this point, which makes sense if the Mets are surprised by the market. Hughes is looking to rebuild his value after a disappointing seven-year stint in the Bronx. Arroyo, who turns 37 years old in February, is looking for what may be his last free agent contract after posting a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the past two seasons.

  1. chill1184 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Scapegoating of Alderson is beginning in the NY media. None of these scumbags are asking MLB if Wilpon’s books are legit and are more interested in trying to create a “Alderson doesn’t want to spend” narrative. Its pathetic to see that Comrade Selig has time for ridiculous witch hunt A-Rod and talk about “preserving the integrity of the game” while he allows trash like Fred Wilpon and Jeff Loria to own teams.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You beat me to it. Except that Scrooge McLoria doesn’t just go into sticker shock; he goes into anaphylactic sticker shock.

  2. disgracedfury - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM


    Bud is hired by the owners he is just an employee hired by shady billionaires which is why he will go after A-Rod and not the owners who benefited by these PED’s users.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Good point except I’d like to add that Bud HAS benefited by the PED’s too.

      Bud’s salary for last yr, 2013 was $22 million.

      In 2011, old Bud’s salary was $18.4 million. Roger Goodell’s salary was $10.9 million.

      David Stern’s salary was $10 million. Gary Bettman’s salary was $7.5 million.

      Currently, old Bud’s NET WORTH is $375,000,000 bucks.

      The old codger made sure a few bucks went his way.

  3. losanginsight - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    This should make Met fans happy knowing that the organization that is paying 2 mill a year through 2035 for Bobby Bonila has FA sticker shock.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    “Are you suuuuure that’s you’re asking price? Isn’t there any discount when you realize you get to be part of the storied Mets franchise?”
    “What does that mean?”
    “We’ll also give you coke.”

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      The thumbs downs are for the reprehensible “you’re”….

      I know it.

  5. jdillydawg - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I never thought I’d actually see “sticker shock” and MLB in the same sentence.

    Do they get quantity discounts by taking on multiple players?
    Does a warranty come with any of that?
    What about the return policy? 30 days, no questions asked?
    How about Applecare? Can I add that on?

    I don’t know the NY politics, but seriously, that aside, is ANY major league team out there really saying, “Gosh, these fellas are sure asking for a lot of money.” I mean, it’s not like this hasn’t happened before.

    Like last year.

    And the year before that.

    And the one just prior to that.


    • crackersnap - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Exactly. Alderson must have been asleep for the past 5 years to be surprised at the current price of middling talent.

  6. mtr75 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Oh give me a break with the sticker shock bit. How many good players go for 2-year deals? Two year deals are for guys coming off comeback years that you don’t quite trust yet or old players where age is a factor. He’s 31 coming off a decent season. Why the hell would he sign a 2-year deal, much less with a crappy team? This is just the Mets making excuses for what we all know: they’re broke and they aren’t signing anyone.

  7. thebadguyswon - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I’d rather my team’s GM get sticker shock than overpay a fat firstbaseman that can’t hit lefthanders and a mediocre, 35-year-old catcher.

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