5 Quick Takes: Ticket Prices, the Bixler Effect, Hairston, Wright, Dickey, and Our Boy Jeff

* So I’m reading the paper the other day and I see that the Mets have begun selling individual game tickets already. I thought “good idea.” I have never understood why they would not sell tickets at this time — tickets are a great gift. Then I saw what they are charging for Opening Day. A word to the wise everyone, just write a note to your loved one that you are getting them Met tickets as a gift and wait. Those prices will not hold, just as they did not hold last year.

* Unless I’m not factoring in the “Bixler effect.”

* There are rumors of Scott Hairston going to the Yankees on a two year deal. I love what Hairston did for us last year but I’m fine with this. At the rate Hairston will get paid, there will be no upside and plenty of downside. Of course if he does go to the Yankees, that crazy park might negate everything I just said.

* I keep getting antsy for the Mets to do something, so the pace of the negotiations with Wright and Dickey is killing me. But it is Alderson’s job to get any deals done as best as possible. Until something happens on this front he hasn’t done anything wrong, he’s just doing his job.

* Lastly our tweet of the week. Follow us on Twitter @2Guysmets. https://twitter.com/2guysmets/status/271059163440873472

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  1. Ha — funny tweet. After periods of hiding, Jeff Wilpon always re-emerges and it always scares the living hell out of me. I’ll have to see what Hairston gets before I can feel so blase about losing our most productive outfielder. Is the team goal to have the cheapest outfield in baseball history, an all league-minimum collective of Baxter, Nieuwenhuis, Duda, den Dekker, and Fred Lewis? Lastly, I agree on Alderson, don’t want to over-react to the normal bargaining process.

    • Alan K says:

      What scared me about Jeff’s comments was his statement that if they would allow Dickey and Wright to play out their final year if they couldn’t agree on an extension and that a trade was a last resort. Although I can’t fathom why they would want to risk repeating the same mistake they made with Jose Reyes, it seems like the Mets would rather risk losing Wright and Dickey as free agents than assume the financial and public relations consequences of a trade.

  2. Yes, Alan, that’s exactly what jumped out at me, too. But I’m really, really trying not to react to anything right now — chalking it all up to the negotiating process — and keeping my fingers crossed. In the end, it comes down to a power struggle. If Jeff is making the final call, well, we’re doomed to repeat our mistakes. The irony is that the Wilpons dread of taking a short-term PR hit inevitably causes them to become vilified by the fans — for life.

    • Alan K. says:

      What concerns me is why Jeff is saying anything at all. Why would he say that he would allow Wright and Dickey play out their last year abefore considering a trade? I don’t think Alderson would ever have made a comment like that. My concern is that this statement reflects what the Mets really might do here. I’m also afraid that the owners are so worried about short term sustainability and making as much revenue as they can in 2013, that the long term effects of their decisions (i.e. not getting adequate compensation for losing two top players) isn’t factoring into the Mets thought process.

      • I agree. But it’s been argued by some that the very idea of signing Wright for a 7 year/$120+ contract is based more on short-term sustainability & 2013 revenue than for on-field baseball reasons. Clearly, the lesson of Reyes SHOULD BE that we can’t let these assets walk in a year with zero return — and that there’s significant risk in trying to trade them at the July deadline (less suitors, injury risk, the possibility of still being “in” the pennant race, etc.). If we are going to lose either Wright or Dickey, that decision has to be known BEFORE the Jan 3 Winter Meetings. And Alderson, for one, has stated this previously.

  3. MetsResearchInstitute@TexacoStateU says:

    At this point, I’m stunned Jeff Wilpon is allowed anywhere near a microphone. The man’s a fool. Born on 3rd base – you know the rest.

  4. Tom M says:

    Also hope this is the last time Bixler is discussed. Holy Joe McEwing lite.

  5. Florida Met Fan Rich says:

    Why wouldn’t they start to sell spring training tickets now also for holiday gifts? The schedule is already out. Why wait until Jan 19th at 10:00am?

    At least be able to purchase a gift card, if not the actual tickets. Spring Training is the “Mets World Series”, as it is the only time when Met fans actually have hope, before the Mets start the season and ruin everything.

    • Gomes was, IMO, the best comp for Hairston — a guy who crushes LHP, maybe a better leader in the clubhouse, but a bad fielder. He just signed a two-year deal for $10 million. All in all, a good day for Scott Hairston. But I’ll be sad to see him go (to the Yankees, most likely). On this particular team, with so many guys who can’t hit LHP, it remains essential for the Mets to have somebody who can pick up that slack. Hairston was so valuable that way. Again, it’s the same old story, we don’t appear to have the necessary money to run a reasonable business.

      • Alan K says:

        Jimmy, you have hit the nail on the head! The owners “don’t appear to have the necessary money to run a reasonable business.” Their entire plan appears to be premised upon spending as little as possible, doing just enough to stay afloat, and hoping that they will be bailed out by a miracle. Of course this plan flies in the face of logic, and the danger exists that the franchise can in fact go backwards. Instead of giving the Mets unqualified support and a hall pass w/o an expiration date, Selig and the other MLB owners should be calling in Fred, Jeff and Saul for an intervention.

        • Michael Geus says:

          My thoughts for 2013 are that our only chance is tremendous good fortune. The saddest thing post Madoff is that the organization never had the guts to totally dismantle. Instead we have had this slow death march where the talent on the team decreases annually, with no real infusion of replacements.

          • Alan K says:

            Mike, it may have been more than lack of guts. Wilpon may have been genuinely afraid that if he gutted the team, it would have driven attendance and revenue to the point that he couldn’t survive financially. Unfortunately all Fred cares about is keeping his head above water and keeping ownership in the family. Everything else, including what may be in the best long term interests of the team from a baseball perspective is secondary. It’s a frustrating situation that I believe will seriously test the loyalty of the Mets fan base in the coming years.

  6. Michael Geus says:

    I think we are in agreement. I do think that is what Fred feared but that it is was terribly misguided. Attendence and revenue has dropped dramatically anyway. If the owners had been upfront (which they are incapable of)and went for a full rebuild I do not believe revenues would have been much worse to date, and things might be better right now. And I agree the current path seems a path to oblivion.

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