Don't be fooled into thinking that they did this to spend money on the team.
You should remember who our GM and owners are. They are the same ones that just freed up payroll by getting rid of a $21 million albatross with a pretty bold and creative move. I believe Alderson will use that found money wisely and sign quality players to fill needed holes. He won't throw it at high priced, risky signings or trades, but look for young, inexpensive talent to come in. Forget Mark Reynolds type players. Saunders, on the other hand, is a young (pre-arb) high OBP guy, with some pop, who doesn't strike out a ton. He was ranked the #30 prospect in all of baseball as recently as 2010. He would be far from my choice to sign, but I'm not sure why you disparage him.
The apprehensiveness with most posters on this forum is whether or not the Wilpons are committed to doing that when this team eventually is able to compete again.
Not to mention people are growing justifiably impatient with a team that hasn't won than 70+ games since 2008.
I unlike some people here have confidence in Aldersons drafting ability and with the guys you mentioned he certainly knows talent when he sees it.
The Wilpons don't give anyone any confidence and although Alderson gets a lot of justifiable crap for some of his bad moves, he is obviously limited in his approach with inept ownership that doesn't act like a big market team.
We understand its not about this year or maybe 2014 but they need to use these years to have productive young players in place when they can spend money again (if they ever can)
Its a disconnect between the Wilpons and the Mets fan base.
Nobody trusts them with what's gone on last year and this offseason
You know, I'm an optimist, so I am hoping that Alderson is deliberately trying to lower our expectations so that we'll be happy with small moves if that's all he can do, but ecstatic if he can pull off one or two bigger deals.
As in the past, I have emailed Sandy when I think I have a bright idea. During the 2010 and 2011 off seasons I got a few responses from him, but so far this year I haven't gotten anything. I hope that means he is working hard for us.
He himself said Santana's buy-out will count towards this year's payroll in 2013, not 2014. Cots is not 100% correct in every instance. Under normal circumstances it would be right, but not here.
Yeah, I recall him saying that, but I just neglected to include it in my estimates.
Still a big part of the organization and had a big say on how things were being run.
Oakland had a top 5 payroll in 1989 and was consistently in the upper echelon of teams spending wise in that time, obviously comparing it to today's dollars and payrolls is different but when he had money to work with he was successful.Quote:
The average salary increased from $430,000 in 1988 to $488,000 in 1989, with the payroll of the Oakland Athletics, who won the American League pennant in '88, jumping more than $6 million, baseball's biggest increase.
And considering they are coming off a World Series victory and faced with the task of re-signing free agents Rickey Henderson, Dave Parker, Storm Davis and Tony Phillips, among others, the A's, at $17.5 million, should soon chalk up another significant increase.
There is still a winning formula out there, it's just a matter of whether these Wilpons ever get their **** straight to bankroll it.