Mets Don’t Figure To Be Dealing A GM Meetings; Lose Byrd To Phillies

On the day the New York Mets extended manager Terry Collins’ contract, GM Sandy Alderson said he had the resources to make a $100-million plus deal.

ALDERSON: Whats's his budget? (AP)

ALDERSON: Whats’s his budget? (AP)

Not surprisingly, he backed off that stance at GM meetings in Orlando, telling ESPN: “We’ve been in that stratosphere once recently with David Wright. Those were special circumstances. I think it would be difficult to duplicate that again – not from a financial standpoint, just in terms of team building.

Just how much the Mets will spend Alderson didn’t say, but for a team in search of offense, it was interesting to see him pass on bringing back Marlon Byrd, who reportedly reached a two-year, $16-million deal with the Phillies.

Undoubtedly, the decision was based more on finances, and there was nothing wrong with Byrd’s clubhouse presence – or production, for that matter – that would chase away the Mets.

Why then did they pass?

Byrd, 36, rejuvenated his career this summer with the Mets and Pittsburgh, batting .291 with a career-high 24 homers and 88 RBI. That’s the kind of production the Mets crave, but considering his 50-game drug suspension the previous season, did the Mets believe it was for real?

Byrd was unquestionably motivated to turn around his career, but at that age the Mets must wonder was 2013 a fluke? One year with incentives with an option would have been acceptable, but two years made Alderson pause. It was the same thing with Jerry Hairston the previous winter. Alderson knew Byrd would want a multi-year deal, and considering he made less than $1 million last year, the thinking was he’d get $8 million for two years at most. Not $16 million.

Byrd, a 12-year veteran returns to Philadelphia, where he began his career. He also returns to a park more conducive to producing higher power numbers.

Alderson appears to want to take Boston’s approach by going with several middle-tier free agents and not relying on the super bat. However, considering what Byrd got, just how much are middle-tier free agents worth?

“I think it’s difficult to concentrate those kinds of resources into very few players,’’ Alderson said of $100-million packages. “It’s not really the way you build a quality, sustainable, winning team, I don’t think.’’

The Mets were burned by extending multi-year contracts to players injured, non-productive or too old in their careers. Many of those deals with given by Omar Minaya, but it must be remembered the Mets had a better core than and these players were expected to be the final pieces.

However, things didn’t work out over the long haul with Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez, Guillermo Mota, Frank Francisco, Scott Schoeneweis, Moises Alou, Julio Franco, and the list goes on.

Alderson has cleared the payroll and his reluctance to get involved with a $100-million package, or even something like the $66-million given Bay is understandable.

Considering the big picture with Byrd, that might have been a good decision. That could be based on who Alderson does sign, assuming he signs somebody.


9 thoughts on “Mets Don’t Figure To Be Dealing A GM Meetings; Lose Byrd To Phillies

  1. Whoa! So now the Alderson lovers blame Omar for Alderson screw ups!!! Frank Francico, Alderson’ biggest FA sign. Biggest failure

    • Hey Frank threw me a ball before his Binghamton debut this year. Nice guy, bad acquisition, agree.

  2. I don’t think juicing is an issue here. I have read quotes of Sandy which indicate juicing is just one item that is used to evaluate. He accepts that there are many Mets who juice. Every year a couple of minor leaguers are caught. In fact our big bat in the minors was suspended last year.

    Yes, Byrd is older, but a 2 year deal cannot be considered excessive. His production last year was better than most players young or old. 2@16 is not excessive for that production. If it is production you want I would think this is what it would cost. We are not even talking Jason Bay money here. So I am surprised they let this one go. Unless they just were not ready to make an offer which says something about how slow they work.

    Byrd was a relatively cheap hire to make for a short amount of years. And he is so much better than Hairston was the year before. It makes me wonder who we will sign.

    The $100M quote I see as consistent. They CAN offer $100M because that is within budget. They WON’T sign $100M because they don’t WANT to.

  3. This is our 1B:

    Of the 31 first basemen who received 350-plus plate appearances in 2013, Davis ranked last in total hits, last in average, 30th in OPS, last in homers and 30th in RBIs.

    He needs to start! He is the future!

  4. I agree with Dave, these days, 2 and 16 is not that much, and is a contract that cannot sink you. I would have signed Byrd. It’s a little funny that the guy most NYM fans and NYM media said “no way, he’s not worth it” is the first FA to sign a handsome deal. Anyways, I read the last few articles and got caught up, posted a few comments as well, some parts hastily wrote and rather convoluted. But, now that I’m caught up, would like to join you guys in Mets offseason chatter.


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