The Pittsburgh Pirates signed outfielder Nick Evans, presumably giving him a legitimate opportunity to play full time in the major leagues, something he never would have received had he stayed with the Mets.
I always liked Evans for his hustle, enthusiasm and willingness to do whatever it took to help the Mets. Too bad his hustle didn’t rub off on others.
I remembered Evans’ three-double debut at Colorado and how personable he was in answering questions. Good or bad, Evans never hid from the questioning. Again, another quality I wish others had followed.
When you cover the major league for an extended period, you begin to root for good things to happen to good people. Evans is a good guy and I hope he plays well in Pittsburgh.
My best to him.
The Kansas City Royals beat the Mets for Dodgers; reliever Jonathan Broxton, signing him to a one year deal worh $4 million. Supposedly, that was within the Mets’ spending paramenters.
Broxton worked all of 12 innings last year, so $4 million might have been a stretch for him. But, that’s where we’re at with the Mets and their bullpen.
Read the news today about how the Mets could be players for 38-year-old reliever Octavio Dotel. A journeyman of all journeymen pitchers who has pitched for a dozen teams, including once the Mets.
If the Mets were a contending team with a deep bullpen, Dotel might have been a good fit. But, they aren’t a contender and their bullpen is shoddy at best and Dotel is nothing more than a bit part.
Surely, the Mets can scoop something off the reliever garbage heap that Dotal.
Also a bit of interesting news is that Pat Misch signed with Philadelphia. There was somebody always better – and that’s a relative term when it comes to the Mets’ rotation – but Misch always gave a solid effort and usually strong innings whenever given the chance.
You can get dizzy trying to figure out the various formulas for revenue sharing and the luxury tax, but some things are givens. There will always be some teams willing to spend because the objective is to win.
There will also be some teams not willing to spend and find comfort in using their small market status to free load off the big spenders because they are still making money. Pittsburgh and Kansas City have been notorious for using their revenue sharing income not to reinvest in players but to pay their electric bill.
I’m tired of hearing about small market – which should really read small revenue market teams – not fielding competitive teams because of the market they play in. It is inexcusable for a team such as the Pirates to have 20 straight losing seasons. How can the Orioles have 14 losing years playing in a gem of a ballpark like Camden Yards? Seems incomprehensible.
How Bud Selig can allow this is beyond reason. Also crazy is penalizing teams that go over the limit to take away draft choices. It stands to reason that a team having fewer draft picks will compensate with more spending in trying to build.
I’ve never been for revenue sharing because it promotes free loading, but the system is not likely to go away. If they are insistent on such a system, the receiving teams should be required to spend a designated percentage on player salaries. And, while we’re at it, there should be a minimum amount a team MUST spend on payroll.
On the biggest shopping day of the year, the Mets are home wondering what to do with their leftovers.
When I read the Kansas City Royals could offer Bruce Chen $9 million, I begin to wonder if it worth being patient. Then I realize there is no other alternative. Jose Reyes could very well get his $100 million, but he won’t get it from the Mets.
The Mets’ stance of letting the market develop for Reyes before jumping in seems to be the philosophy of everybody else. The Marlins were the first one in, and they gave him a relatively low offer compared to what he’s expecting.
The Mets’ well-founded cautious take because of his injury history is also the thinking of everybody else. Rightfully so. This is not a knock on Reyes, but a statement of fact on the situation.
The offers will increase the closer we get to the Winter Meetings, and the Mets will undoubtedly make their tidy “well we gave him a fair proposal“ contract designed for show.
And, the Mets will be right. It would have been a fair proposal. But, when it comes to free agency, fair has nothing to do with it.