By Steven Inman
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….