Over the past few weeks I have wondered if the Mets are a big or small market team. This question is not a new question, heck it dates back to when the whole Madoff scandal started and the Mets were brought into it all. Has it wiped out the Mets of being a big market team? Are the days of signing free agents like Santana (after trade new contract), Bay (Ouch!), Beltran, Cameron, etc.. all gone. Will we be a team that makes smaller moves or one “big ticket” move per offseason (Cuddyer). Below is a case for saying the Mets are Big market and case for Small market. You decide as I have already.
Big Market: Do these notes prove the Mets are a big market team?
- Signed their franchise face and home grown star David Wright to a mega contract
- Gave up draft choice to sign Michael Cuddyer in off season
- Signed Curtis Granderson in 2013 to 4 year deal
- New baseball Commissioner has no issue with how franchise is run and spending based upon market size
Small Market: Found it easier to place notes in this section.
- New commissioner asked to questions on the state of the franchise. I don’t recall the commissioner commenting on any other big market teams and their lack of spending
- While the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and even Braves/Diamondbacks all sign highly touted Cuban players, Mets say these players are out of their reach
- I didn’t see the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers or that fact any other team have to answer why their best pitcher is being held back to pitch 2nd game of first home series to help with ticket sales. (Yes TJ surgery played a part, but we have all read the quotes and blogs on how it did factor in)
- Mets search for left hander continues with 1 week left of Spring Training after Edgin is out for the season. Mets wavering on paying Matusz 3.2 million this year. Seems like a big market team with a HUGE need who is expected to compete would easily absorb 3.2 million
- The Mets were the team to nix the 3 team trade that would have brought Ian Desmond to the Mets. Yes the Mets would have given up top talent, but in return adding Desmond would have instantly put them in the playoff hunt in terms of offense upgrade. Was the small market concern of resigning him to blame?
I could go on and on about this, now it is for you to decide. Are the Mets Big or Small Market?