Mets Set Free Agent Market The Wrong Way

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson called the free agent market “robust,’’ but he’s a contributor in making it so.

We all know Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury – both good players will get their money – but they aren’t the ones driving up the market.

Salaries aren’t driven by the stars getting large salaries, but when mediocre and questionable talent are given huge paydays.

The bar gets set when Chris Young – thanks to Alderson – gets $7.25 million. The market is also influenced when a PED user such as Jhonny Peralta gets a four-year, $52-million contract from St. Louis. For all the talk about the Mets being interested, it is just as well they didn’t sink that kind of money into player whose numbers are suspect because of PEDs.

So please, I don’t want to hear Alderson moan about the high salary demands when he helped create the environment that leads to those demads. That includes being in the market for a PED user like Peralta.

Retiring commissioner Bud Selig is going after Alex Rodriguez though questionable methods, yet his legacy will also include large contracts for guys like Peralta.

Reliever David Aardsma tweeted over the weekend after learning of the Peralta deal with the Cardinals: “Apparently getting suspended for PEDs means you get a raise. What’s stopping anybody from doing it? … I had 2 major surgeries in 5 months and made it back clean, nothing pisses me off more than guys that cheat and get raises for doing so.’’

He’s right.

I don’t know how you can regulate teams against signing PED users. It’s their money and they are the ones taking the risk.

So many players have benefitted from using PEDs, and regardless of whether MLB nails Rodriguez or not, that will continue.

Which makes me wonder what’s Selig’s real objective?


7 thoughts on “Mets Set Free Agent Market The Wrong Way

  1. Well, from the bottom up.

    Whether or not Selig indirectly promoted the use of roids. Whether Selig was forced to get tough. Whether he gave a half hearted effort. Whether he really cares. He did something about the problem. Made headlines. No other commishiner can say that, and lets not pretend that PED’s don’t exist in the WWF, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, ETC. I watch AA ball and the game looks clean. From what I gather you coudn’t say that 10 years ago. Selig’s campaign against PED’s is the major reason why.

    I don’t want to see the NYY get a single discount on A-Rod’s contract and want A-Rod to collect every penny he signed for. Since MLB went about acquiring there information the way they did, and since A-Rods layers have exposed this, if I were the arbitrator, I would give at most, a short suspension. But, this is not that objective of a look, as I want to see the Yanks eat that 300 million.

    The reason PED’s are horrible is that in order to get to the top, nowadays in sports, they sure do help. Sir Lancealot, maybe the best example. The payoff is huge, but the Aardmas’ suffer, and some MLB worthy Joe’s top off at AAA. The pressure to take them, knowing it leads to serious health risks, is a killer. The money is sexy though, the roar of the crowd must feel awesome, the cheating factor is likely justified and or denied.

    The Perralta contract is a lot of money. Time will tell if he’s worth it, statistically speaking. Johnny now has 52 million reasons not to cheat, so you’d expect the numbers to head somewhat south.

    The way I look at Alderson’s signing of Young for 7 mil. He’s dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t. Now, if he picked up one of the guys on my do-not-touch list, then I may have the same thoughts as you. I look at Young as a good 2014 signing, and if he’s not worth 7 on the open market, he’s at least worth 3-4-5 so Sandy only went overboard by a tiny bit, relatively speaking(Jason Bay, etc.).

    Good article, I like the strong feelings, whether I agree or not. Keep hammering them out, and I’ll keep coming by.

  2. BTW, thanks for the article.

    I’ve heard a lot of moaning and complaining by virtually every Mets fan, regarding moneyball and “dumpster diving” for players. But, most of them do not have a plan in mind. They just complain. This is the time of year where we should be scheming and such, and clamoring for realistic ideas. Now, I saw a rough draft that you prepared on how you’d tackle the 2014 season. It basically called for more seasoning of our youth, and relied on Vets at the back end. I forget what bats you where after. Anyways, it seems as if this Young signing has gotten you down. When a signing like this gets me down, I normally pencil him in the lineup and search for awnsers. So, since Young is in the OF, and since you have the stage, pencil him in and search for a winner. I would be thrilled if you assume my pitching plan as feasable, SO MANY awnsers are solved, and a winner is not that hard to build. So, my request is this A) search for a winner with Young in the OF, or B) Whether you believe in it or not, make a winner with the 12 man staff already made. Or, both. Anyways, when we sign somebody who is on my do-not-go-near list I GET DOWN. Gotta pick yourself up dust yourself off, and start dreaming again. It’s November and I believe.

    Gee, 100 pitches(10M closer, Parnell-8th, Black 7th, German and Edgin)
    Noah 80 pitches + Mejia 70 pitches, will end in 9 half the time
    Wheeler 90 pitches(10M closer, Parnell-8th, Black 7th, German and Edgin)
    Montero 80 pitches+ Tores 70 pitches will end in 9 half the time
    Niese 100 pitches(10M closer, Parnell-8th, Black 7th, German and Edgin)
    Day off.

    I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. That was done 10 some odd years ago when pitching counts became gospel. All I’m doing is stategizing with that being the case. Conventionally, you have 6 pitchers designed for 5 roles. 5 starters and 1 long relief guy makes up a rotation. In the above plan 7 pitchers design these 5 roles. 5 starters and 2 long relief pitchers. The biggest difference being, my long relief guys have there appearences scheduled. 1000 IP from these 7 pitchers is likely.

    A) Our top 3 starters will have the best rested bullpen in MLB
    B) Thor’s got a 130 IP limit, and not a one will be wasted in Vegas.
    C) Each of our blue chips will be handled with care, like ROY Alex Fernandez
    D) If we contend, the combos roles can be reversed, if needed, to save IP for PS
    E) Showcasing 7 starting pitchers while setting them up for optimum MLB success exponentially raises the value of the commodities that shine. It also gives the organization a better idea of who Harvey will take with to the promise land in the years to come. Lastly, normally 5 IP guys wrench your pen, in this scenario they rest the pen.

    Equation: Each of the 7 Mets in my scenario have a guesstimated pitchcount. What I want you to do is estimate how many of pitches thrown will be plus pitches. To get a gauge on what each plus pitch is worth we’ll go with this equation. The last 20 good FA pitchers average yearly salary. Lets call it 15 mil per year(heck Haren and his 4.6 ERA got 10). Next 200 IP X 15 pitches equals 3000 pitches. Lets say that these guys throw 65 percent of these pitches on a plus level. That’s 1950 plus pitches. 15 million divided by 1950 is 7,692 dollars for each plus pitch you get from the FA market. If you put the numbers down I’ll do the math.

    I am searching for a winner and see one built around our pitching richness. Lets start the clock on these guys. I remember you said you weren’t opposed to this the first time I threw it out. Maybe if you tried building a team around it, you’d get pumped up for Dec….April……

  3. Hohn you are right

    Paying for performance no matter how it is obtained is wrong.

    Paying a very good salary for damaged goods ( our new OF ) is wrong.

    However standing on principal will just mean you lose.

    I don’t know how to change it other than having the commissioner impose penalties. If the penalties are large enough then it will stop.

    What would help is if the player is caught cheating the player feels a pinch as well as the team.
    Perhaps financial but I would think a better penalty is losing the first round draft pick. Just gone. It will not directly affect things but it would be a cost that would move some teams away from some players which reduces demand and hence the price.

    As I have said before paying for a 200 hitter the money they did to get another Ike that we all complain about is not progress. Then again there is nothing out there and perhaps the GM did it to say he did something.

    • My god, a first round pick, that would hurt. Yes, Piazza went in the 62nd round and Tim Foli was the first overall pick, but GM’s sure do love picks, not as much as performance, but love picks nonetheless. That is a novel idea, one I’ve yet to hear, and one that I believe would steer GM’s from PED players. I believe in Tennis there is a 2 year ban if you are caught. That is a very big punishment.

      • Supposedly we did not sign certain player last year for fear we would lose that pick

        So yes it is a deterent

        • I agree with you 100%. If i came across as sarcastic I appoligize. I am going to advocate your plan in the future. Like I said it is a novel idea. One I’ve yet to hear.