History has shown us the best way, and most economical, is to build from within and complement your core with free-agent signings and trades.
The Mets have a young, but largely unproven core of talent outside of David Wright.
I wrote the other day how the Mets should consider extending Lucas Duda if he duplicates last season’s production. He’s not the only one the Mets should go long-term on to avoid the arbitration years.
If these Mets prove to be healthy and have strong seasons, I would call the agents for Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. We’ve seen glimpses of their potential and their value will only increase.
I don’t think we’ve seen enough from Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares or Wilmer Flores to make that call. As for Jon Niese, the Mets already went long-term with him and he failed to produce so he goes to the back of the line. That is, unless the Mets don’t trade him first.
I can’t even think to put Noah Syndergaard in this grouping until he at least pitches on this level.
This much we know, the Mets are not, and will not be a free-spending team any time soon. Signing any player to a multi-year contract entails some risk, but those named are the best young prospects the organization has to offer.
To be financially solvent it is important for all businesses, including sports franchises, to have cost certainty and that comes in the form of structured salaries.
These would be good gambles.