So the bad news is, Jose Reyes is property of the Miami Marlins. The good news?
The earth hasn’t crashed into the sun?
No, the good news (or, more appropriately, the somewhat silver lining) is that Sandy Alderson is in a position he’s familiar with. He needs to build a team on an extremely limited budget. It would be foolish to blame him for not spending money. No one asks a homeless man why he doesn’t buy tailored suits.
But he does know what he’s doing. Imagine if Omar Minaya were in charge of doing more with less- he’d sign Alex Cora to play second base and shortstop simultaneously.
So what is on Sandy’s shopping list? According to Jon Heyman, it consists of a closer, a setup man, a backup utility infielder, two backup outfielders and a catcher. As of today, Alderson’s been told he has $10-15 million with which to do it.
But remember: assuming Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan return, that money needs to go a long way. They’d have eight players set to earn approximately $70 million: Johan Santana, David Wright, Jason Bay, R.A. Dickey, D.J. Carrasco, Tim Byrdak, Pelfrey and Pagan.
Even if we assume that the Mets utilize league-minimum salaries on the following: Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, Ruben Tejada, Bobby Parnell, Ike Davis, Josh Thole, Dillon Gee, Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda- another nine players a around $4.5 million to assume first base, second base, shortstop, right field, catcher, two starting rotation slots and two bullpen slots- that means that $10-15 million needs to cover nine remaining roster slots.
Put another way, Heath Bell wasn’t walking through that door.
Accordingly, Free Agent Fit will now try and evaluate those free agents the Mets are rumored to be interested in through that framework. So no Jimmy Rollins, no C.J. Wilson. (And at those prices, probably for the best,anyway.)
I suggest, as you play Hot Stove League in your head, that you do the same.