Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets have money to spend, but I’m not concerned about the dollars, I’m concerned about the years.
In talking to people around MLB, I’m starting to believe Shin-Soo Choo is capable of getting five years, maybe six. I think the type of guy who got a one-year deal from the Red Sox last winter, now gets two or three, mostly because the game is flush with cash and lots of teams are looking to bid on mid-tier free agents.
Sandy Alderson has never said he is against spending money. Instead, he has said two things: 1) It’s not wise to give second-generation free agents contracts to players who are about to be on the decline, and 2) If he’s going to have players on his roster making $15 million a year, he only wants three or four and he’d prefer they be spaced out, so players come off the books at different times.
So, my concern is that in the face of other teams guaranteeing extra years on deals, will Alderson pull the trigger or be stuck with no one? Or, is he being pressured to improve the team enough to compromise his principles and overspend to get a deal done?
The free agent market starts five days after the end of the World Series, at which point we’ll begin to find out…