With Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror and the Winter Meetings in our faces, it’s time to pose a simple question, if you’re a free agent thinking about one of the New York teams, will it be the Mets or Yankees?
Both teams have a lot, and different things, to offer the prospective free agent.
If the priority is winning, both teams reached the playoffs in 2015, but the Mets made it to the World Series.
The foundation for the playoffs is always pitching, and in that regard the Mets have the edge over the Yankees. But, the Yankees have the bullpen edge. Both teams have positional needs, so it depends on the player in the market.
If you’re a hitter, especially with power, I think you’d favor the Yankees because of the stadium dimensions. While Citi Field has more reachable dimensions, Yankee Stadium remains a bandbox.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson expects to exceed last year’s $103 million payroll, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman won’t be talking about salary ceilings with agents at the Winter Meetings.
Therein lies the fundamental difference between the two teams. While the Mets deviated from what had been their recent personality this summer, I’m not ready to call them lavish spenders.
So, when it comes to attracting free agents this winter, both teams have a lot to offer, but as long has been the case, the Yankees have the ability to spend more.
And, in this age, that usually is the overriding factor.