“Puts Profumo to shame.” adds Howard.
The Feliciano role has been taken up by Tim Byrdak this year. Byrdak is holding lefties to a .671 OPS this year, a fine job. Feliciano posted a .574 mark against lefties in 2010, .594 in 2009, and .575 in 2008. So no question, Feliciano was a bit better against lefties. (Byrdak from 2008-2010 was .644, .700 and .469.) But the overall margin is extremely slight. And Byrdak is earning $900,000 this year, on a one-year commitment. That’s $3.1 million saved in 2011, with all four million that would have been committed to Feliciano available to the 2012 club.
Then in June, the Mets took a promising right-handed pitcher named Michael Fulmer with the 44th overall pick. Fulmer eventually signed for $937,500, exceeding the slot guideline of $776,700 from MLB by more than 20 percent. The Mets, in dire need of more pitching prospects, added a good one.
So… let’s total all this up. Instead of paying eight million dollars for a lefty specialist, they’ve spent $1,837,500 for a lefty specialist and a solid pitching prospect. They have more than $6 million left over to spend on other needs.
And for those who think a New York team shouldn’t watch its pennies, or that this is some Madoff-based budget cutting… you are wrong. This is how the best teams extract maximum value out of everything they spend. The advantage a New York team has isn’t that it can waste a ton of money and still come out ahead, though that occasionally happens. It is that a New York team has many more dollars to extract maximum value from. Done right, it should make a team with a larger revenue stream nearly unbeatable.