Letting Carter go explains a lot.

The decision to let Chris Carter go explains a lot about both the past and present regimes of the Mets.

Just to save a few dollars, the Mets traded Billy Wagner to Boston for Carter late in the 2009 season. The option would have been to pay out the balance of the contract, offer him arbitration and collect the compensatory draft choices when he declined.

Those draft picks would look good now for a team with a myriad of holes.

Then GM Omar Minaya didn’t want to take that gamble because of the fear Wagner might accept and saddle the Mets with a bad contract, albeit for one season. That fear was instilled in large part from pressure from the Wilpons to save money.

What Minaya didn’t realize, and therefore couldn’t relay to the Wilpons, was Wagner understood the Mets were a sinking ship and wouldn’t have wanted to come back anyway. In hindsight, the prudent decision would have been to pay out Wagner for 2009 and gamble on arbitration.

Tbat brings us to Sandy Alderson and the decision to cut ties with Carter.

There’s still pressure to save money where ever possible as the 2011 contract for Carter would be at least $200,000 (60 percent of last year’s contract) plus the minor league contract. Alderson can bring Carter back at a reduced rate in a new split contract.

The pressure is on Carter to accept because with Fernando Martinez (assuming he’s healthy) and Lucas Duda, the Mets already have left-handed bats off the bench.

Carter was productive as a pinch-hitter, but he’s strictly a one-dimensional player in that his defense and throwing are weak.

Alderson knows Carter doesn’t bring much to the table, at least not more than Martinez or Duda, so why pay the extra money that’s needed for a franchise that wants to pinch pennies?

6 thoughts on “Letting Carter go explains a lot.

  1. who cares about chris carter?

    he was our platoon 1b or our backup – cant remember which – plan when our primary 1b option did not work out.

    he did ok. i was surprised at how well he did.

    i thought the trade of wagner for him late in the season was a huge mistake. we gave up potential talent that could help the team in a few years for someone i never thought would even play for us.

    the issue is money.

    once again, for a team that spends more than all but 4 teams in the majors to care about a million or two is ridiculous.

    i dont know if maddoff hurt the team or not. but it sure seams that way.

    the current move as you lay out saves money.

    i see this as a minor move.

    as you point out it can be looked at as a cost thing too.

    it can also be looked at organizationally.

    they decided he is a minor piece and is not worth the dollars applied to him. as such there was no risk in cutting ties with him. if he comes back fine. if not that is ok too.

    they have a process of evaluation. they do not look at each player in isolation as in the past and when the season starts your team is a mess.

    i am hoping the new approach yields a balanced team that is not maxed out $$ wise when spring training breaks.

  2. i noticed milledge was non tendered. a few years ago a lot was written on this blog about what a mistake it was to give up on him. he is still young, but the word is his defense is horrible and he does not have much power.

    there are a number of interesting players non tendered. since we have no money i guess it is not that interesting

  3. Supposedly Milledge has cleaned up his act and the Pirates said he learned a lot of fundamentals that were not taught in his previous two organizations. The Mets and Gnats do not teach fundamentals? You don’t say! He may have been a victim of too much time and getting more money than the Pirates can pay a corner outfielder without power.

    So Chris was the second best Mets named Carter. Farewell, good luck on your life.