“In an abstract way, I think Sandy Alderson considers this a bit of a free roll with some ancillary benefits:
- Coming on the heels of the Granderson signing, it does enthuse the fan base ( something we all agree was needed) to an extension.
- Rightly or wrongly, it severely lessens the pressure Sandy would face to bring Noah Syndergard up to the majors prior to super 2.
In Sandy’s world, this could very possibly save the team 10 million ( Colon’s ’14 salary) over the course of his arbitration years.
In a perfect world, the Mets contend for a wild card, and this signing is hailed as a home run. In a perfect Sandy world, The Mets play decent (.500 or so) ball, Colon pitches fairly well, and is traded to a contender in August, thus ridding the Mets of 12 million of his 2 year 20 million dollar deal.
This would be optimal, considering Colon’s services likely won’t be needed next year. Say what you want about Sandy, he does try to think several steps ahead and I hope this works out well. My first instinct on this deal is that I don’t like it. I would love to be proven wrong, but there is a reason that a guy who went 18-6 with a sub three earned run was sitting there waiting to be signed at this price. I feel the better move would have been to spend a bit more (if 22 million can be considered a bit), sign Steven Drew and let the young pitchers battle it out for the last 2 rotation spots. I do understand the thinking that concerns leaving Noah in Vegas until late June, but with Mejia, Montero and Degrom, this staff can easily compete, as well as entertain, until he arrives.
That being said, there is upside upside here, and the fact that combined with Curtis, the team is trying something substantial even in the face of no Harvey this year, is gratifying.”
I agree that even though Colon was signed for two years, the strategy might be to use him short term and then move him. As you mentioned, the projected “savings” on holding back Montero and Syndergaard would basically fund Bartolo. If Colon can be flipped for a prospect at some point you could end up in a net positive position.
Frankly this looks like the strategy to me. The risk is if Bartolo does not pitch well, you are stuck with an unproductive player with a $10 million per year salary for 2015. And given how uneasy I feel about our potential payroll budget for 2015 (and beyond unless the owners sell), it is not the move I would have made. But your last sentence is the key. The fact that the team is trying anything substantial at all is gratifying.
Thanks for the e-mail, Anthony.