On this date in 2001, the Mets obtained Mo Vaughn from the Angels for starter Kevin Appier. One of the better Met moments, wouldn’t you say?
Ticket sales are down and the Mets extended the deadline to Dec. 31. I’d like to know if any season-ticket holders will renew their plans.
It would have happened eventually, but on this day in 1975 arbitrator Peter Seitz announced a landmark decision in favor of the Players’ Association. The decision made Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. Baseball, as we knew it, would never be the same.
Seitz was immediately fired by John Gaherin‚ chairman of the owners’ Player Relations Committee.
So, I guess you can thank Seitz for all the Jason Bay stuff.
When people discuss the economics of baseball, free agency immediately comes to mind, but what really spikes the salaries and movement is the arbitration system, which is totally out of whack. Free agency at least allows for negotiation, but arbitration is an either-or proposition.
There are several things I would change about the current economic system, beginning with arbitration. I would give the arbitrator the leeway in determining a compromise figure. I’ve never been a fan of the idea of a salary cap. The luxury tax isn’t a deterrent to limiting the spending. But, if they are going to have a luxury tax, there should be some spending minimum for the hands-out teams (Kansas City, Pittsburgh).
If there are other teams involved with Jason Bay, that could explain the silence from his camp. The mystery team, might have to make another deal to free up salary to make the trade.
The Yankees are reportedly talking trade about bringing in a pitcher, with Javier Vazquez’s name popping up. Would the Braves be interested if that were the case? Reports still are naming the Mariners, Giants and Angels. One report had the Mariners considering moving Cliff Lee. That would only mean the Yankees.
If this is true, then the Mets have fallen in Bay’s pecking order. Not that he appeared high to begin with.
I’ve posted a new poll on how the Mets have handled, or mishandled, the Jason Bay situation. Vote and post your comments here. Thanks.-JD