Baseball Crank
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January 8, 2004
BASEBALL: Retooling, And Rebuilding?

I agree with The Mad Hibernian that while Mets fans will regret the Braden Looper signing due to his fits of awful control, the team isn't really doing itself much harm by signing Looper to a 2-year, $3.25 million/year deal. Dayn Perry at the Baseball Prospectus (link for subscribers only) hones in on the larger point: by throwing reasonably priced contracts at free agents who weren't offered arbitration (like Mike Cameron) or come from foreign lands (like Kaz Matsui), the Mets aren't really setting back their rebuilding, because they aren't giving up draft picks or blocking the progress of significant prospects (a closer, of course, rarely really blocks anybody, although I'm not sure off the top of my head whether Looper was offered arbitration). Moreover, Perry notes that high-salaried veterans may not command much in trades these days. Conclusion: continuing to bring in veterans while rebuilding may not be as uniformly foolish as it once was.

I'm still unconvinced that the Mets management finally 'gets it,' but thus far they haven't done anything nearly as awful as, say, the Glavine signing.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:45 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
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Looper was non-tendered, so there was no draft pick surrendered.

Posted by: Dr. Manhattan at January 8, 2004 12:48 PM
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