All this noise about Alex Rodriguez got me thinking. I remember covering the 2000 Subway Series and seeing Rodriguez at Shea during one of the games. The Mets made a run at him in the offseason, but their offer was blown away by that of the Texas Rangers. I think they went as high as $105 million, but I’m going on memory so I could be wrong.
But, what if Rodriguez signed with the Mets? How would things have been different? For one thing, Jose Reyes wouldn’t be playing shortstop.
The Mets don’t spend like the Yankees, so perhaps they wouldn’t have been as aggressive in some of the moves that got them here. With his salary, it would have been curious to see what else they might have done. I think it’s unlikely they would have gone after Carlos Beltran and had two players with plus-$100 million contracts. Carlos Delgado? I don’t know. Would they have gone long-term with David Wright? Not sure.
And, signing him then, there was no guarantee the Mets would have won. Rodriguez didn’t win in Seattle, Texas or with the Yankees.
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