Under Sandy Alderson, the Mets were hesitant to shop at the top of the free agent market for at least two reasons. First, Alderson was on record as saying that most of the mega deals did not work out for the clubs. And secondly, it’s not like the Wilpons wanted to spend a bunch of money, either.
But now that Alderson is gone, there’s a chance the new GM will think differently and perhaps he’ll be able to convince ownership to loosen the purse strings. We saw that once before with Omar Minaya, so while it may not be the most likely scenario, we can’t rule it out, either.
The question is: Should they reverse course in this matter? Yesterday, I asked that the club do just that, looking to sign the top free agent closer available. Many wanted the Mets to split up the money among two or more people. In theory, that’s a strong alternative.
But here are the relievers the Mets signed as free agents from other clubs the last eight years for at least $1 million. It does not count guys they re-upped with, like Addison Reed, who was very good, or Fernando Salas, who was very bad.
There’s not a lot to be excited from in the above list. Perhaps the old GM was just not very good in identifying mid to low-tier relievers. Or maybe it’s not as easy to record a hit when shopping at this level as it might appear at first glance.
For sake of argument, let’s assume that the Mets budget $18 million dollars for their bullpen this offseason, with the idea of picking up two or three guys. Would you rather spend that money primarily on one guy and pick up whoever you could after that big expense or would you rather spread that money around, in something like – but not limited to – a 10-6-2 configuration?