And what did the Cleveland Indians, in one of the smallest markets and rebuilding, do while the Wilpons cannibalized their television network to stave off a financial reckoning? They went out and got Nick Swisher, then Michael Bourn. And they can thank the money they got when Indians ownership purchased Fox Sports Ohio. It allows them, like virtually every successful rebuilding team, to improve the major league roster and the farm system at the same time.
That’s the real problem for the New York Mets. In this era of massive television money and league-limited draft spending, the options are to spend $12 million per year for a center fielder, or go without a center fielder until your scouts come up with one.
At the moment, there isn’t any such player in the Mets’ system. Perhaps the Mets can draft one with their eleventh pick, but if so, it probably won’t be a player to help them until 2016 at the earliest.
In the meantime, the Mets still have the outfield they had when Sandy Alderson joked about it back in November. Helpfully, the incumbents are already forced to answer questions about why their own team’s general manager believes they aren’t legitimate major leaguers. Maybe they’ll use it as motivation, but the problem is that Alderson was probably right.
Posted: February 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM | 35 comment(s)
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