Mets Miss Out On Abreu, Lose Others

Cuban free-agent power-hitting first baseman Jose Abreu has signed with the Chicago White Sox (per Ken Rosenthal) — so scratch him off the list for potential acquisitions for the New York Mets.

Additionally, the Mets lost some property in the past 48 hours.

The Abreu deal is reportedly worth $68M over 6 years, which works out to a little over $11M per year. As we’ve been hearing since 2010, this 2013-2014 offseason is the one in which the Mets finally have “payroll flexibility,” so I would hope that they at least put in a bid for the Cuban defector. Not because I think he’ll be a star in the form of Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes, but because the Mets need to start putting their money where their mouth is.

Don’t get me wrong — I don’t have any idea whether Abreu is worth $68M over 6 years. Many reports are saying he’s a one-dimensional player. In fact, it sounds like he could well be as good as Ike Davis‘ best year, or as bad as Ike Davis’ worst year. And I’m not saying the Mets should have bid as high as $68M. All I’m saying is that I hope they were at least in the conversation, and hope they made some kind of competitive bid.

Why? Because they have a huge hole at 1B, they desperately need players with homerun power, and there aren’t many free-agent candidates to choose from who fit those characteristics. Further, the Mets apparently passed on Puig and Cespedes in previous years because of financial reasons; this year, finances are supposedly not an excuse.

Hey, if the Mets acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, or a similarly power-hitting first baseman this winter, and that’s their plan, then fine. But if not, and they didn’t make a play for Abreu … well, I’m not sure that’s satisfactory. Even if Mets scouts don’t project Abreu to be a star, he clearly has some talent, and was worth making some kind of bid. And really, in today’s market, $11M per year for a potential 30-HR guy is the going rate. Sometimes you have to take a gamble.

In other news, former Met Nolan Ryan has resigned as CEO of the Rangers. I don’t see him leaving Texas, but, it’s nice to dream of him returning to the Mets and re-establishing the pitching factory the Mets were back in the 1960s and 1980s — and Ryan seems to have a good idea on how to re-create that.

While the Mets lost out on Abreu, they also lost Mike Baxter to the Dodgers and Robert Carson to the Angels — both as a result of waivers. The Mets had to waive both men to cut down their 40-man roster. They also dropped Greg Burke and Sean Henn, but both seem to have passed through waivers.

So, what do you think about all this? Should the Mets have gone all-in for Abreu? Should they have at least made a bid? Any thoughts on Ryan? Are you heartbroken to see Baxter and/or Carson leave? Answer in the comments.

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