But the Mets will not be bidding on Fielder. Neither will another large-market team in financial disarray, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, had to concede the obvious.
“Normally they’re in the steak section,” Boras said, “and I find them in the fruits and nuts category.”
Boras loves colorful analogies in his annual winter meetings scrum with the writers, so I asked how the Mets could start shopping for steaks again.
“They have a new ballpark, they have a great network,” Boras said. “The business plan and model is one of the best in baseball. They’ve got a huge market. If the franchise was for sale in totality, there would be many, many people lining up. It has everything an owner would want to be successful.”
But the Mets are not successful, on the field or off. After losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins this week, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said the organization had lost $70 million. Boras’ answer seemed to imply that the Mets should sell the team. Is that what he meant?
“The Wilpons built the foundation, and they did it in a very business-savvy approach and manner, having their own R.S.N.,” he said, referring to the regional sports network SNY, “having an ownership that owns the majority of that and having a major league team to go with it and having the market of New York City.”
“It’s really a fail-safe for success,” he added. “I know that there’s issues that may arise, but this issue will be resolved, and the foundation is there to restore them to one of the more competitive and aggressive franchises in baseball.”