Note: The Mets, Draft and Slotting

In a recent chat for Baseball America, Jim Callis wrote that, while the Mets are financially capable of spending as much as any other team in baseball, it appears they will ‘stick to slotting’ once again in 2008.

At Hot Foot, Anthony De Rosa swaps e-mails with Callis in an effort to understand why the Mets will do this, after which he is left ‘scratching his head.’

For more on the ‘slotting system,’ check out Baseball Prospectus (scroll down) and Baseball America.

Callis has written this about the Mets before, as has Keith Law from ESPN.com.

The thing is, according to people connected to the Mets, and those would dictate this policy, the sense I get is the opposite.

However, I also trust Callis and Law, who are among the best at what they do.

It makes me wonder if the Mets are sending mixed signals as they approach the draft, knowing there is no way to predict exactly what will happen, all while they also try to make nice with the Commisioner’s Office as they work to host an All Star Game in Citi Field, among other things.

What do I know is that, thanks to a bevy of free agent signings and trades from the last few years, and a rapidly changing baseball economy, the Mets need to make out like bandits during this year’s draft – and adhering to the slotting system may hurt such a goal.

In other words, speaking as a fan, I would rather the Mets draft a potential ace than host an All Star Game.

This year’s Draft will take place in Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, on Thursday, June 5 at 2 pm through 9 pm, and will continue the next day starting at 11:30 am.

ESPN 2 will televise the first four hours of the draft.