Mets Free Agent Evaluation
It appears that the Mets are done signing free agents this winter. Let’s take a look at the final tally of those given guaranteed MLB deals and play the “would you have … ?” game. Yes, there’s no guarantee that the players who signed with other clubs would have accepted the same terms to play in Flushing (more likely, they’d demand double). But this is a hypothetical game meant to be fun and create conversation — so just play along, OK?
Would you have signed Bay for 4 years/$66M or Matt Holliday at 7/$120M? Or, would you have instead gone a one-year deal for Xavier Nady (at $3.5M), Vlad Guerrero ($5M), Jermaine Dye($?), Rocco Baldelli ($?)? Or, would you have thrown a minor-league deal at Gabe Gross, Jack Cust, Austin Kearns, or Jim Edmonds?
Would you have signed Blanco at 1 year/$770K, or Miguel Olivo at 1/$2.5M ? Or would you have gone multiple years for Bengie Molina, Jason Kendall, Ivan Rodriguez, or Yorvit Torrealba? Or would you have re-signed Brian Schneider? Or, would you have petitioned Commissioner Selig to eliminate the catching position altogether and replace it with a pitch-back?
Would you have signed Cora at 1 year/$2M plus a one-year option or gone with a one-year deal for Melvin Mora at ($1.3M), Bobby Crosby ($1M), Adam Kennedy at ($1.25M), Juan Uribe ($3.25M), or Felipe Lopez ($?)? Or, would you have given a minor league deal / ST invite to Chris Woodward, and/or gone forward with the backup infielder position an open competition among Frank Catalanotto, Anderson Hernandez, Russ Adams, Andy Green, Jolbert Cabrera, Jonathan Malo, and/or anyone else they could scrape from the farm?
Would you have signed Tatis to a 1-year, $850K deal to compete with Dan Murphy for the starting first base job, or would you have signed one of the following players to a 1-year deal: Ryan Garko ($550K), Jim Thome ($1.5M), Troy Glaus ($1.75M), Adam LaRoche ($6M), Nick Johnson ($5.75M), Aubrey Huff ($3M), Miguel Tejada ($6M), Jason Giambi ($1.75M), Xavier Nady ($3.5M), Garrett Atkins ($4.5M), Russell Branyan ($?), Hank Blalock ($?)? Or, would you have given a minor-league deal to Chad Tracy, Kevin Millar, Dan Johnson, Rich Aurilia, or Nomar Garciaparra? Or, would you re-sign Carlos Delgado?
Kelvim Escobar and Ryota Igarashi
Would you have signed Escobar to 1-year, $1.25M deal, and Ryota Igarashi to a 1/$3M deal, or given a 1-year deal to one or more of the following instead: Matt Capps ($3.5M), Clay Condrey ($900K), Octavio Dotel ($3.5M), Brendan Donnelly ($1M), Kevin Gregg ($2.75M), Bob Howry ($2.25M), Takashi Saito ($3.2M), David Weathers ($?) ? Or, would you have brought back JJ Putz at $3M?
The Mets didn’t sign a lefthanded pitcher to an MLB contract, though they did sign free agent submariner Jay Marshall to a minor-league deal. Would that have been enough for you, or would you have also inked Neal Cotts and/or Seth McClung to a minor league contract? Or, would you have signed Javier Lopez to a 1/$775K MLB deal? Or, would you still be going after one of Joe Beimel, Will Ohman, Alan Embree, Ron Mahay, and Ron Villone?
That’s it, folks — the Mets didn’t sign anyone else to an MLB contract. Please voice your opinions and “I would have’s” in the comments.