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Free agent hitters are still wary of Citi Field

Nov 29, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

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They moved the fences in and David Wright — the guy considered to be most affected by Citi Field’s dimensions — signed a long term deal. But Kristie Ackert of the Daily News says that free agent hitters are still wary of signing with the Mets because of the ballpark:

Two agents representing players the Mets have talked to this offseason admitted privately that the ballpark’s reputation is something that their clients have had questions about this offseason.

“It’s something that is still in the (players’) heads out there, that it’s a tough park to hit in,” said one agent, who requested anonymity to protect his clients. “They see what David Wright went through there and it makes them a little nervous I think.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/lost-citi-mets-cavernous-park-bad-rep-article-1.1531646#ixzz2m41VvBE8Funny, I figure the Mets not spending any money on anyone and not looking like contenders would scare more guys off, but if they’d rather cite the park than the club who’s to say they’re lying?

  1. fanofevilempire - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    what free agents want to play for the Mets, 200 hitters?

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    So shouldn’t this attract more pitchers? Or guys who can take advantage of spacious parks?

  3. skip44 - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Marlon Byrd wasn’t scared of no Citi Field last year or this year in free agency. -:)

  4. mtr75 - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    That’s the first thing I said when I saw this idiotic design, that we would sign another preeminent free agent power hitter for the next 30 years. This is what you get when you have morons running your team.

  5. paperlions - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    What a bunch of hooey. Citi Field has never been the most pitcher friendly park in the league, FAs aren’t shying away from teams with parks that have money to spend and similar park factors (e.g. Giants, Cardinals, Dodgers, Angels, Indians)

  6. thepoolshark - Nov 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    The biggest reason FA hitters don’t want to sign with the Mets is that their signing bonus is being paid in Bernie Madoff Shares. The Wilpons still trying to get out from under.

  7. kev86 - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    You have to be unsure of yourself to sign on the cheap with the Wilpons. Wilpons have to go.

  8. gloccamorra - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    The agents are being kind. It’s the ownership, front office and competitive prospects making players wary, but they can’t say that. This is the baseball equivalent of “It’s not you, it’s me.” In other words, a lie.

  9. mrznyc - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Free agent hitters are wary of Fred and the idiot son.

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