Or as David Hester repeats over and over in that annoying commercial…“Mmmoney, money, money…”
General manager Sandy Alderson discussed his plan to add outfielders, along with a starting pitcher to replace Dickey in the rotation, bullpen help, additional starting pitching depth, and even another catcher.
All of this makes sense, in terms of what a minimally competent major league team needs. But it’s not clear how they’ll do this with the money at their disposal. According to Ken Davidoff, the Mets have about $7 million to spend this winter. (Davidoff confirmed via Twitter that this came from a team official.)
By itself, that is problematic, considering that the Mets had every one of the needs described above, with the exception of replacing Dickey, at the start of the offseason. $7 million for those tasks isn’t much.
It’s a surprisingly small number, actually: Since the start of the offseason, they’ve retained Wright, and structured his contract extension so that he’ll earn a salary $5 million less than he’d been scheduled to earn, with another $3 million of the 2013 salary deferred.
That alone should give them more than $7 million for this winter.
Also, when the Mets bought out Jason Bay earlier this offseason, Bay agreed to defer the lion’s share of his $21 million still owed to him until 2014-15, receiving just $6 million in 2013.
Add that together, and the Mets should have $23 million to spend on this offseason, even if they hadn’t budgeted a dime toward other improvements beforehand.
So where’s that money going?
Posted: December 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
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