Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
As far as I can tell, the Mets gave no indication – be it public or private – that they ever intended to bid on Japanese free-agent Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million with the Yankees on Wednesday.
I know it would have been a refundable $20 million posting fee, but the buzz in MLB was that Tanaka would end up signing a six- or seven-year deal, which is exactly what he got. That’s a lot of money to commit to a guy with no MLB track record. I hear people talk about his outstanding command and his devastating split-finger fastball. But, Sandy Alderson’s problem now, and through the foreseeable future, is with scoring runs. His rotation, and future rotations, should be fine.
Sandy Alderson has a good group of young, hard-throwing pitchers on the rise and I can’t see his front office ever making a nine-figure bet on the rotation… at least not until Matt Harvey is up for an extension in a few years.
Instead, I see them continuing to spend on hitters, relievers and bench players, while working to develop more home-grown power arms through the farm (whether acquired by trade or the draft).