The Mets Should Be Careful Which Free Agents They Sign For 2014

Johan Santana is just another cautionary tale of why it is hard for teams to invest money long - term on Starting Pitching,  There are just far too many ways for hurlers to be injured in comparison to Roster Players.  The Mets will just have to bide time until 2014 when the team can finally take the former Cy Young winner of the teams payroll book.  Johan Santana signed a 6 YR/$137.5 MIL deal with the Mets

Johan Santana is just another cautionary tale of why it is hard for teams to invest money long – term on Starting Pitching, There are just far too many ways for hurlers to be injured in comparison to Roster Players. The Mets will just have to bide time until 2014 when the team can finally take the former Cy Young winner of the teams payroll book.  Santana signed a 6 YR/$137.5 MIL deal with the Mets after coming over from Minnesota.  While he was good in his 1st year (leading the NL with a 2.53 ERA), he just started 109 Games for his New York Career.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Lets face it, the Mets have had a poor track record of signing Free Agents lately.

Quickly to go over the list:  Jason Bay, Luis Castillo, (4 YRs/$24.75 MIL and they released him following a 2010 year – where he ballooned in weight – and hit just .235), their own Free Agent in Oliver Perez, (3 YRs/ $36 MIL for 3 wins and a ERA near 7 in that time), and  Johan Santana.

Lest we forget the horrible trades that ended the careers of Roberto Alomar (Made $13 MIL in a season and a half – before  New York jettisoned him to the White Sox for hitting .265 in 2002 – 2003 combined where he was a .300 Career Hitter).

Mo Vaughn. could barely move by the time he made it to New York city. The Mets paid him almost $48 MIL to have only 567 AB. 

Vaughn only played in 166 games for New York, and was out of league after 2003.  At least Kevin Appier (the traded player for him) was done playing by 2004 as well, but at $20 MIL less cost.

While I agree that the New York (NL) franchise should spend some money they have finally been hoarding up, the  brass have to be careful who they select to throw that dough on.

Jason Bay Hurt for the Mets in July 2010

The Mets saw a shell of Bay's former self in his 3 years of 2010-2012.  He only hit .234 wtih26 HRs and drove in 124 RBI in 986 AB.  He battled several injuries in his Mets stint.

The Mets saw a shell of Bay’s former self in his 3 years of 2010 – 2012. He only hit .234 with 26 HRs and drove in 124 RBI in 986 AB. He battled several injuries in his Mets stint.  it got so bad, the team  simply ate the remaining year of his contract in 2013.  Prior to the 2010 year, Bay signed a 4 YR/$64 MIL with the New York franchise.

First off, forget about Jacoby Ellsbury fellas.  You already bought one ex – Red Sox player, that was damaged goods.  It was only a few weeks back this guy was wearing a walking boot,

The 30 Year Old CF can command well over $100 MIL in cash on a 6 or 7 year deal..  Just forget this guy.  He will be injured at some point – and you simply can’t risk it.

#2 Bad Signing idea.

Matt Garza:  Guy has a history of fighting the injury bug. In a weakened Pitcher’s market, his commanding of cash will be too rich for your blood.

#3 Josh Johnson

While it may be appealing to take a low risk flier on him, you can’t sell your fanbase on this chucker throwing without being injured.

#4 Johan Santana

You paid him the $5.5 MIL Buyout and be done with him.

#5 Scott Kazmir

Well, Jim Duquette doesn’t have to wear as many horns as it looked like he was going to – following the 2008 year, the guy is too injury prone.

#6 Ubaldo Jimenez.

The dude has only been lights out in the 1st part of the 2010 season, and the last part of the 2013 year.  Someone will overpay for him – and you should let them.

#7 Fernando Rodney

This guy falls into the realm of being a good pitcher about once every 3 years.. Stay Away.

#8  Mike Morse

While it would be nice to push Ike Davis at the position, he has only shown he can stay healthy in one year ever.

#9  Corey Hart

Don’t be intrigued for this player – just to his contract demands are not that bad. You need OF first on the priority list.  Since 2015 is likely more in the wheel house to be competitive, why not give Davis one more kick at the can 1st?

#10  Phil Hughes

Don;t be tempted to bring Hughes in because of a league change.  Moving 7 miles up the road is not far enough away for his mental psyche.

I don’t need to put Carlos Beltran on this list as i think it is already a given he will never return to the Mets.

10 players the team should covet

1.  Shin-Soo Choo

Every body should have this guy on their negotiations list.  An OBP guy with and incredible amount of versatility – and a guy they could potentially lead off with.  It will cost you, but the Mets should have money to burn.

2.  Jason Kubel

Another good RBI player that they could receive for a bargain.  He has also played either LF or RF in his career.

3.  Ervin Santana

The guy has only ever had one bad year, and he throws his 200+ Innings every campaign.  He would be perfect to log those innings that will be vacated by Matt Harvey.

4.  Curtis Granderson

I think that ‘Grandy’ could make a difference in the Mets lineup for his sheer power.  Not that they have moved in the fences in RF, his long swing could connect out to that area over the fence.

5.  Omar Infante

Loves his ability to play 3B/2B and SS.  Since it would be nice to give David Wright a rest once in a while (As a DH in the AL games,) or maybe even a day game over a night game.

6.  Jhonny Peralta

His playing LF for a little while could see him out there long term, or he could definitely come back in to the field in 2014.  His offense would help the anemic production New York received from the SS slot last campaign.

7.  Mark Reynolds

With Ike Davis is limbo, maybe you switch him for a guy that is just a step above.  Sure he will only hit you about .230/.330/.750 – but he will hit you 25 HRs in his sleep.

8.  Ricky Nolasco

This guy actually had a winning record for the Marlins over the last several years.  He is familiar with all of the NL East, and maybe you could sign him for 3 – 4 years at about $10 – $11 MIL per.

9.  Jose Veras

This guy is great for the 8th Inning duties, and if you need him to Close, if something should happen to Bobby Parnell, at least he has experience at the craft.  He could be had for $4 – $5 MIL a year.

10.  Chad Qualls

Again, you wouldn’t have to break the bank to acquire his services, and he had put forth a great year for the Marlins in 2013.

Whomever they sign, I am sure a lot of fans will be curious to see how they pan out long term.

Mike Piazza was stellar in the 2000 playoff run for the Mets, collecting 4 HRs and driving in 8 RBI in just 39 AB between the NLCS and World Series of that year.  He was clutch, hit big HRs, survived the New York Media was grace and his endearing personality,  He should have his number retired by the Mets one day.

Mike Piazza was stellar in the 2000 playoff run for the Mets, collecting 4 HRs and driving in 8 RBI in just 39 AB between the NLCS and World Series of that year. He was clutch, hit big HRs, survived the New York Media was grace and his endearing personality, He should have his number retired by the Mets one day.  He was the best signing in the last 15 years for the Mets.  Once he was New York property, the club granted him a 7 YR/$91 Million Dollar Deal.  The big Catcher rewarded them with 220 HRs and 655 RBI during his time with the club.  In those 8 years, he was an ALL – Star in 6 of those campaigns, and a Silver Slugger in 2 of them.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Chief WriterHunter Stokes for preparing today’s featured article.  Hunter is a Baseball Writer for MLB reports.

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