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Resurgent MLB Teams Missing Opportunity By Not Spending This Offseason?
Published December 12, 2013
STEP RIGHT UP...: On Long Island, Marc Carig writes the Mets signing P Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20M deal may be the team's "boldest move yet to bring an end to their streak of five straight losing seasons." Signing a pitcher to a multiyear deal "represented a sudden departure" as Mets GM Sandy Alderson had "spent much of the week playing down interest in the better free-agent pitchers available, seemingly content to wait out the market for cheaper options later in the winter." The addition of Colon "has upped the Mets' free-agent expenditures this winter" to $87.25M, "further signaling a break from the austerity policy that has limited spending." Colon joins CF Curtis Granderson and RF Chris Young "as part of a splurge that dwarfs" the team's $5M in total spending last winter. A source said that they "may not be finished" (NEWSDAY, 12/12). In Newark, Jorge Castillo wrote the Mets' "holiday shopping spree is in stark contrast to Alderson's first three offseasons at the helm," when the team invested a total of $27.5M in free-agent contracts. The Mets' payroll in '14 is currently projected at $83M, "including arbitration estimates." Alderson has said that the team will "feature a higher payroll" than last season's total of approximately $85M (NJ.com, 12/11). In N.Y., Bill Madden writes fans can no longer say that the Mets are "not trying," or that "they're cheapskates” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/12). In New Jersey, Bob Klapisch writes the moves are "a welcome change from the downward spiral of the last few seasons" (Bergen RECORD, 12/12). On Long Island, David Lennon writes under the header, "With The Colon Move, Mets Show They're Not Mailing It In For 2014" (NEWSDAY, 12/12).