Mets will spend more money for the right guy

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion


By Steven Inman

Photo by Sports Illustrated

Photo by Sports Illustrated

The Mets payroll is currently at $87 million for the 2014 season, which is the exact number it was in 2013. However that doesn’t mean they are done spending money. The Mets according to multiple media reports outbid the Rays for Grant Balfour. Balfour had an outstanding year in Oakland last year and would have been a great fit for the Mets as insurance for Bobby Parnell.

Tampa landed the Australian closer Thursday with a two year $12 million contract. I believe the reports that the Mets outbid the Rays. It makes sense from the Mets perspective to add another arm to the pen but Balfour wanted a guaranteed closers job and has had a lot of success with the Rays in the past.  Plus no Florida state tax probably made the Rays offered more appealing to Balfour.

It’s nice to know however that the Mets won’t necessarily admit they’re done spending. If the Mets were willing to give over $12 million for a reliever, perhaps that means they still have a chance at Stephen Drew. Drew will get more than $12 million but with camps opening up next month, his demands should start going down soon.

Another possibly is the Mets adding another reliever instead of a shortstop. The Mets have been talking to former Rays closer Fernando Rodney about a contract. Rodney was dominant in 2012 but had a more mediocre 2013 thanks to a rough start to his season. The Orioles are also talking to Rodney.

We will have to wait and see but the Mets offseason may not be over just yet….

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I hope the Mets sign Rodney. Not re-signing Hawkins may have been a mistake. Signing Rodney could make up for that. A veteran presence in the BP is needed especially when reliance on young arms seems to be the ticket for the Mets. I also hope that the Mets keep the door open for Drew. Even at two years he can help the Mets with a veteran presence, his glove and occasional power which eclipses Tejada in each of these three categories. That would leave first base as the lone quandary facing the Mets with ST rapidly approaching.

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike if the Mets upgrade their bullpen or shortstop I say would say they had a solid off season addressing most of their needs. I don’t want to get your hopes up though Mike as there’s a good chance the Mets don’t address either of those needs and they definitely will not be upgrading both positions. Thanks for the comment!

  2. apbottan says:

    I must say you have transformed your class blog into something spectacular. This is truly a great blog/resource for Mets news. I will show my class this semester your blog. It will prove to them what a blog can turn into if you really care about it. I wish you nothing but success and happiness in your future.

    – Prof. Bottan (SJU)

    • Steven Inman says:

      Professor Bottan, Great to hear from you. I’m honored to know you still check out the blog every once in a while. Thanks so much I wouldn’t have started it if it wasn’t for your class! Hoping it will help me get some kind of job soon when I graduate in May! -Steven

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