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Roundup: Finances and Eric Young Jr.

Posted By Howard Megdal On December 21, 2011 @ 12:09 pm In Business of Baseball,Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

Good morning! I trust you’ve digested the pair of financial stories. Rich Sandomir does a tremendous job [1] on A1 of the New York Times detailing the perks owners could receive for a minority ownership stake, from quality time with Mr. Met to access to luxury suites that would otherwise be occupied by Lady Gaga. And the New York Post reported [2] that the Mets will shut down a minor league team in the Gulf Coast League to save some money.

Short take on these: the Sandomir story lays bare just how little the team has to offer a prospective minority buyer. The Post story reinforces that while the Mets are cutting costs at the major league level, they are also cutting costs below, not reinvesting that money. Nothing new, per se, but both provide illuminating details about the crisis. Sandomir, in particular, is fantastic on those details.

But the big story yesterday was about the team’s interest in Eric Young, Jr.  The rumored deal [3] would send Justin Turner to Colorado.

Let’s be clear: this is a win for the Mets if it happens. A simple comparison of skills makes this obvious.

Eric Young Jr.: ability to play second base, all three outfield spots at below-average levels, speed, patience

Justin Turner: ability to play second base, third base at below-average levels, small amount of power

Don’t know about you, but I’ll take the first set of skills over the second, especially given the team’s lack of backup outfield options, and David Wright at third base.

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[1] does a tremendous job: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/21/sports/baseball/to-attract-potential-investors-mets-add-perks-to-the-deal.html?hp

[2] New York Post reported: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/mets_crap_fla_farm_team_lRXoxZSeP8xZ4Lh0qkCCVI

[3] rumored deal: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/37284/source-mets-eyeing-young-jr

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