Ominous Rumblings From the Mets
Adam Rubin wrote on ESPN.com that the Mets have no intention of pursuing players who have draft pick compensation attached to them – whether the Mets’ pick is protected or not – to sign a big name free agent except for Reds' outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. In addition, Rubin reports that the Mets won’t go over four years for Choo. That’s a lot of caveats to get an in-demand free agent. If this is factual, then the Mets are not going to get Choo. It’s not simply because Choo’s agent is Scott Boras. It’s because a four year deal simply won’t get it done no matter who’s representing Choo.
There will be major names available via trade this winter. Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Josh Willingham, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Matt Joyce could all be in play. With Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Kemp, there are significant financial commitments. With Kemp, it’s likely the Dodgers would be very reasonable in terms of the return in a trade if the team acquiring him takes all or most of the remaining $128 million on his deal. He’s a legitimate star player with a big personality whose looks and talents would put him on billboards in New York. Are the Mets even willing to explore that? Or will there be another excuse proffered to placate the fans who are dim enough or hopeful enough to believe it for another year of 73 wins?
There’s a level of politicking and lurking disingenuousness that is becoming evident in Alderson’s skillful, Nixonian rhetoric. He doesn’t say anything specific in either direction and will never back himself into a corner. There’s a constant state of plausible deniability in everything that comes out of the GM’s mouth. This should be a grave concern if they’re already dropping hints that the winter of stepping forward might actually be a winter frozen in the same place the organization has been for the past three years.