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Posted on: September 17, 2012 6:34 pm
 

The Day that Baseball Died

Sitting behind the big desk at MLB headquarters in NYC is the ninth commissioner, Allan Huber Selig.  The position of commissioner dates back to 1920 when baseball ownership decided it needed an independent party to handle the threat of gambling and the Black Sox scandal of 1919.  The first Commissioner was a former Federal Judge, Kenesaw Mountain Landis who only accepted the position if he was given the absolute authority to act in the best interests of baseball and without means of appeal.  Ownership accepted the conditions and established the parameters of the Office of the Commissioner.  Landis served 25 years and was replaced by a formerUSSenator.  Others to fill the position included a retired Air Force General and the President of Yale University.  Each of these men while not perfect served until death or until they choose to step down.  That is until Fay Vincent who was ousted by ownership in 1992 by a group that included Selig. 

Selig became the acting Commissioner and that became permanent in 1998.  It was also the end of the criteria of an independent commissioner acting in the best interests of baseball, ownership now owned the Commissioner.

This week, Sept. 12-19, 2012 Bob Nightingale writing in Sports Weekly on the issue of PED’s and their impact on post season awards and achievements.

Last year during the post season Ryan Braun tested positive for testosterone, Braun appealed the finding and has a result of the sample having not been handle by the protocol won his appeal and did not start this season with a 50 game suspension. 

The handling of Braun’s sample did not affect the validity of the test, but created a loop hole that Braun slithered through.  Braun who won the NL MVP last year and is in a position to possibly win it again is quoted by Nightingale as “having been exonerated”.  Having a guilty verdict overthrown by a technicality is not exoneration.

This brings us to the steroid era and the criteria of the Office of the Commissioner as established by Kenesaw Mountain Landis. 

Selig has served as Commissioner for what is commonly known as the “Steroid Era”.  A time during which the single season home run record was surpassed by Mark McGwire twice, Sosa three times, and by Barry Bonds who is sitting in first with his 73 illegitimate home runs.  Roger Maris and the 61 home runs he hit in 1961 now stand seventh. 

Bonds also passed Hank Aaron’s 755 career home runs with his 762. 

Selig has been obsessed with his legacy and the infrastructure of baseball will give him straight A’s.  Owners have made fortunes and so has alphabet city; ESPN, MLB, Fox, and TBS.  The players are signing ever larger and longer contract which in turn makes the agents and the Players Association happy.  When the home team is winning the casual fans fill the seats.  But Selig fails on a much bigger front.  The invested fans have seen the game bastardized.  Interleague play is a Selig creation and this year every team will play more interleague games that they will against any team in their division.  They will also play three times more interleague games than they will against any non division team in their league.  How old does your son have to be to watch a game starting at 8 PM on a school night?  But Selig’s biggest failure is not having the strength of character to say to those who cheated the game that made them wealthy, cheated their peers who played the game without breaking laws and cheated the legacy of Roger Maris, Hank Aaron, Matt Kemp who should have been last years MVP in the NL.  The names Bonds, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa, Sheffield, Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Ortiz, Manny,Colon,  Melky Cabrera and every other player who has perverted the game should have their names and records removed from the chronicles of baseball. 

Landis who accepted the position as the first Commissioner of Baseball did so only with the absolute authority to act in the best interests of baseball would have cleansed baseball of cheats and did so with the Black Sox.  He passed those criteria on to Happy Chandler and on to each of the subsequent Commissioners until Selig overthrew the Office of the Commissioner and took the job for himself.  The greatest game ever created ended up in the hands of a gutless weak failure, the damage is done.  There will never be another man who will serve as Commissioner who is independent and has the strength and morale fiber to fix what Selig has ruined. 

Posted on: June 2, 2012 9:13 am
 

Damned if you do, Damned if you don't

Several days ago thomasam arguably the most respected member of the Mets board shared that at age 30 he shed tears when longtime voice of the Mets Bob Murphy passed away.  My understanding of that was it was as much the loss of a familiar and constant link to the Mets and his boyhood as it was Bob Murphy himself.  This past long slow winter without baseball I came to the understanding that as much as anything I wanted Gary, Keith, Ron and Kevin back in my life. 

As the players raced to the mound to encompass Johan last night my eyes welled up and I shed tears as well.  It was for me from that first game in April of 1962 against this very same franchise, the Cardinals until last night to see a Mets pitcher throw the first no hitter.  I was happy for Johan Santana, and to see the joy on the field and in the stands.  The monkey on the back of Mets fans everywhere was finally gone.  It wasn’t until hours later that I realized what the truths were for me.  The tears may have been a creation of the relief of tension as well as joy.  My feelings of Johan and the no-hitter hadn’t changed, what did was there never was the burden of a monkey on my back. 

My team went to and won their first World Series in their 8<sup>th</sup> year.  There were 4 World Series and 2 World Championships in our first 39 years.  We have had great players; great managers and we have great fans.  We never had a batting champ until Jose Reyes did it last year.  That had never been a burden either. 

Last night as the booth wrapped up Keith Hernandez said to Gary Cohen (who as a lifelong Mets fan has the job this fan would want more than being wealthy, famous or powerful) “hey Gar you are getting emotional”.  There were a lot of tears shed last night for varies reasons by the Mets faithful last night.

Terry Collins, in my mind shed the worse kind.  At the post game interview he fought them back as he talked about the struggle he had about letting Johan go back out for the eighth inning.  Reportedly Johan told him “I’m not coming out” and Terry responded “you are my hero”.  Sometime last night, hours after the game either in his office or at home Terry shed the tears of anguish.  The non existent burden of the no hitter is now a very real burden that Terry Collins will have to deal with as he waits until he knows that his decision to let Johan exceed the post surgical imposed pitch count will not have an adverse affect.   Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

 

Posted on: May 23, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Wall to Wall

Allen Huber Selig “loves” interleague play.  Selig whose title on “Rounding Third” is Angel of Death works at MLB headquarters on Park Ave. in Manhattan; he occupies the office once held by Faye Vincent who was the last independent Commissioner of Baseball.  Selig and his minions arranged the removal of Vincent in 1992.

For those not familiar with mid-town Manhattan, Park Ave. is one block removed from Central Park East, RadioCityMusic Hall, the Empire State Bldg. and the Guggenheim Museum.  It is among the most expensive real estate on the planet and it takes serious money to put that address on your business card.  Money is what “Toxic” Selig is all about.  Selig likes being called “Bud”, pencil-necked geeks love nicknames, it makes them feel like one of the guys.  Hope he likes his new one. 

One of his ventures during his twenty years of selling America’s Pass Time to any and all with a fist full of cash was Interleague Play which he introduced at the height of the steroid era in 1997. This years mating of the leagues began this past weekend and FOX moved its Game of the Week to prime time and renamed it to Baseball in America.  FOX and Toxic gave us a meeting between two last place teams, the Phillies and the Red Sox.  Captivating… hardly.  Missing were Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, closer Andrew Bailey and Jacoby Ellsbury.  Was there a better choice?  I believe that a game between two first place teams like the Dodgers and the Cardinals should have gotten the prime time spot.  But I’m not Toxic, I don’t “love” interleague and Alphabet City (FOX) doesn’t own me.  Incidentally a USA Today poll reported in Sports Weekly last year reported that 71% of baseball fans would favor eliminating or reducing interleague play.

Next year Toxic will give us wall to wall Interleague play from April until seasons end, any day with a full schedule will have interleague games.  Perhaps some Mondays and Thursdays will be pure.  There is one reason to look forward to next year; it will be Toxic Selig’s last year as Angel of Death.  Seems we have heard that before though. 

 

 

Posted on: April 8, 2012 4:21 pm
 

Stop the Insanity

At some point in the future baseballs historians will ponder discuss and disagree upon when the 2012 baseball season began.  Some will point to March 28 in a foreign country seven time zones removed from the continental United States.  Opponents will disagree and offer as evidence that the game was aired live only by the Mariners network at 3:00 AM PCT and not shown at all by the A’s Comcast Sportsnet.  

Further discussion will hover about whether MLB should be entertaining baseball fans in a foreign country at the expense of the fans of the country that gave birth, nurtured like a National Treasure and supported the game for over a hundred years.  The answer is absolutely not, especially since the owner of the Mariners for over twenty years, Hiroshi Yamauchi founder of Nintendo, had never seen his own team play.  Not even in 2001 when the team won 116 games.  Make no mistake about it this was not an effort to globalize baseball, not in a country that has played professional organized ball since 1934, a sum of seventy-seven years.  The fans of this country were sold out for money in the form of merchandise sales   The effort to squeeze every dollar or yen by Allan Huber Selig knows no limits.  Besides don’t we have a globalization abortion of a program known as the World Baseball Classic, wink, wink?

The rest of the opening season included a single game one week later between the Cardinals and Marlins.  Upon conclusion of that game the Marlins, who had lost, flew to Cincinnati to face the Reds on day three of the baseball opening day menu which introduced thirteen more teams to the new season.  None of whom had to fly overnight to play a day game other than the Marlins, the Marlins were shutout.  Day four and the final thirteen teams finally reached the beginning of the 162 game marathon.

The engineer of this madness was MLB whose overseer Selig has left no opportunity to earn his flock a dollar.  The beneficiaries of Selig’s zealousness are the owners, the networks, the agents and the players.  My failure to mention the baseball fan was not an error on my part.

Call Selig what you will, but do not call him Commissioner.  President of Merchandising, CFO, Angel of Death all apply.

The true Commissioners were non baseball men, who along with the two league presidents to oversee the “best interests of baseball and serve as arbitrators of the final say were appointed by the Baseball owners.  The positions of League Presidents was eliminated in 1999 by Selig.  Kenesaw Mountain Landis was a US District Court Judge who had been appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt when he became the first Commissioner and served 24 years until his death.  He was followed by Kentucky Senator ‘Happy’ Chandlerwho resigned his seat in the Senate to accept the appointment as Commissioner. Chandler was the second to serve and the first in my lifetime.  Those who followed, Ford Frick, Sports Journalist and NL President.  General William Eckert, West Point Graduate and retired AF General.  Bowie Kuhn, Attorney. Peter Uberroth, Organizer of the LA Olympics.  A. Bartlett Giamatti President of Yale and Fay Vincent, Deputy Commissioner appointed by Giamatti.  All were ardent followers of baseball and proved their judgment to be balanced.

In 1992 Fay Vincent received a vote of no confidence by baseball ownership and resigned.  Leading  ownership was Bud Selig and his followers “The Great Lakes Gang”, the issue was Vincent pointing out to the owners of the distrust of the union created by Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf in the rigging of free agency resulting in the owners being found guilty of collusion and having to pay back 280 M.

“The Union basically doesn’t trust the Ownership because collusion was a $280 million theft by Bud Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf of that money from the players. I mean, they rigged the signing of free agents. They got caught. They paid $280 million to the players. And I think that’s polluted labor relations in baseball ever since it happened. I think it’s the reason Fehr has no trust in Selig."-Fay Vincent

 

 The same distrust was present in the 1994-95 strike which eliminated the 1994 postseason, shortened the 1995 season and before the strike was settled introduced “replacement players”.  Vincent’s words upon his resignation still resonate today after twenty years.

 

“To do the job without angering an owner is impossible. I can't make all twenty-eight of my bosses happy. People have told me I'm the last commissioner. If so, it's a sad thing. I hope they [the owners] learn this lesson before too much damage is done.”

 

I previously suggested that Selig could be called Angel of Death.  If you think that was extreme consider that today you still receive free games on television if you pay for cable or one of the dish networks.  Otherwise you get no coverage or a handful of games on free television.  Major League Baseball will also sell you a package of all games for the entire season for $110 which is less than $20 a month, not a terrible price.  Now look down the road to the point where the cable and satellite providers will take their baseball coverage premium and for that same $20 or more you’ll just get your home team.  Joe Family Guy who has been priced out of taking the kids to a ballgame will now have to pay to tune in to the team he supported before the Angel of Death killed the National Pastime.  

 

 

Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:58 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Sleazy Agent Men

This is a look at three high profile agents and three high profile players. 

 

Agent one and player one are Peter Greenberg, and Jose Reyes.

This past off season Jose Reyes signed a 6 year 106 M dollar contract with the Miami Marlins.  The contract did not contain a no trade clause.  Why do I mention that aspect?  The Marlins do not have a solid fan base in the best of seasons and despite winning the World Series in 1997 and in 2003 have drawn 3 M fans only once.  That was in the Marlins first season 1993, in 1997 when they won the first Championship attendance was 2.4 M.  By the time the Marlins won their second Championship the fan base was jaded.  Owner Wayne Huizenga broke up the 1997 team and with it the fan base.  By the time newest owner Jeff Loria won the second World Series, the attendance in that year was an embarrassing 1.3 M with a payroll of $45 M.  Once again the Marlins sold off the team and by 2006 the opening day payroll was $15 M.  In the last 14 seasons the Marlins payroll has been in the bottom 20% of the League in every year but one.  Loria has been exceptionally fortunate; Allan Huber Selig gave him the opportunity to purchase the Marlins for 158 M including a 38 M no interest loan from MLB by taking the Montreal Expos off his hands.  He stepped into a situation where the Marlins won the World Series the following year.  After he sold off the assets of that team he fielded a team with a payroll of less than MLB was giving him in revenue sharing for a number of years.  He was also the beneficiary of a 500 M taxpayer bond to pay for a new stadium.  That stadium is going to open this year and is the reason why Loria signed Heath Bell to 3 years 27 M, Reyes and Mark Buehrle to a 4 year 58 M $ contract which is only 17 M owed in the first two years.  The Reyes contract of 106 M only pays Reyes 20 M over the first two years leaving an eight-six million dollar balance in the remaining 4 years.  Jeff Loria has been a snake in the past and the handwriting on the wall is that he has his exit strategy already laid out.  New stadium gratis of the taxpayers, big name signings with back loaded contracts equals maximum revenue while the payroll is low and before the stadium allure is over.  The Expos won’t be the only team he dumps on MLB.  Peter Greenberg cannot be that dumb to not see what the future holds, but he can be that greedy to put his percentage of 106 M over the next highest bid of 80 M in front of the well being of his client.  Why not?  It will be Reyes’ last big contract and if Reyes ends up in Kansas City, so be it.

Dan Lozano is the agent for Albert Pujols, and according to rumor recruits new clients with hookers and booze.  I imagine that the other back stabbing sub human species that are also agents are the foundation of this rumor or are annoyed that they didn’t think of it first.  Pujols was courted by three teams; the Cardinals whom he felt low balled him from the very start.  This he regarded as an insult to the man who had been the center of the team for a decade.  The Marlins who either he or Lozano recognized were looking to use Pujols as a marketing tool.  This was apparent by their refusal to give him a no trade clause in the contract which reached 274 M for 10 years.  The Angels did give Pujols the no trade clause and signed him to a contract of 254 M for 10 years.  Arte Morano, owner of the Angels got his wish but will very likely learn the meaning of the saying “be careful of what you wish for”.  Pujols is listed at 32 years of age but is widely believed in baseball circles to be as old as 35.

The final agent is Scott Boras; a piece about sleazy agents couldn’t be complete with out Boras.  Where Boras unsuccessfully tried to steal Reyes last season he was successful in signing K-Rod away from his former agent Peter Kinzer. 

PHOENIX-- Agent Scott Boras confirmed he is now representing New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, 29, is in the final guaranteed season of a deal that pays at least three years, $37 million and was negotiated by former agent Paul Kinzer.  If Rodriguez finishes 55 games this season, a vesting option for $17.5 million kicks in for 2012. Otherwise, K-Rod receives a $3.5 million buyout in addition to his $11.5 million salary for this season.

 "This is something that Sandy and Frankie and I will talk about," Boras said. . Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. 7/11/11

One day later Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers.   What I believe happened, and the senario that makes sense is that Rodriguez, the Mets and the Brewers reached an agreement before the trade, otherwise the Brewers who already have (John Axford 46 Svs) would have been insane to take on Rodriguez with a 17.5 M vesting option pending.  The agreement was reached and the trade took place.  The Brewers bought out his vested option in exchange for a mutual option, Rodriguez got the opportunity to go to a team with playoff ambitions, his agent Boras sold Francisco Rodriguez that it was in his best interest.   

The following is from FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal 7/15/2011.

According to sources, newly acquired closer Francisco Rodriguez has freed Milwaukee from the burden of paying a possible vesting option of $17.5 million, which would have come into effect had K-Rod finished 55 games in 2011.  With Rodriguez needing just 21 more to reach that plateau, the Brewers would have been reticent in letting him close.  Rodriguez, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, has waived the option in exchange for additional compensation, which according to one source is "not a significant amount."

 K-Rod's vesting option is now a mutual option that kicks in with same 55 games finished threshold. It's meaningless, as he would decline and become a free agent. His buyout increases from $3.5M to $4M, which was the inducement. The Mets are paying the original buyout, while the Brewers will pay the additional amount.  The development is a victory for Rodriguez's new agent, Scott Boras, who only began representing the reliever earlier this month. Had the option vested, the commission on next year's salary would have belonged to Rodriguez's former agents at Wasserman Media Group. Instead, now that Rodriguez will be a free agent, Boras will apparently lay claim to the commission on K-Rod's 2012 earnings.

In an ideal trade both sides would benefit and there would be no losers.  This trade produced multiple winners and multiple losers.  Obvious losers are Peter Kinzer and Francisco Rodriguez who has accepted arbitration from the Brewers when the closer market dried up in early Free Agent signings.  The Mets paid 4.5 of Rodriguez 2011 salary and 3.5 of the buy out but still came up winners by avoiding the 14 M remaining on the  vesting option.  The Brewers got Rodriguez for a half season for 1.5 M.  As almost always the case Boras was a winner since he will earn a commission on what ever Rodriguez is awarded in arbitration.  Was this the first time that Boras wrote a check his azz couldn’t cash?  Here are a couple of other Boras clients;

 2009 Jarrod Washburn 35, coming off a 4 yr 35 M contract with the Mariners was offered a 5 M contract by the Twins for the 2010 season he declined.  Washburn has not pitched since 2009.

Johnny Damon won a world Series with the Yankees in 2009 at the end of his 4 yr 56 M contract.  A contract offer of 2 yrs for 19 M was declined.  Damon played 2010 with the Tigers for 8 M and the Rays in 2011 for 5.3 M


Addendum;  Rodriquez who accepted arbitration from the Brewers agreed to a 1 year contract of 8 M.  That added to the 4 M buyout still falls short of the 17.5 option that Rodriquez had almost locked up with the Mets before Boras entered the picture.  Rodriguez loss is 5.5 M.  Boras gets a piece of the 8 M for 2012. 

 

 

Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:39 am
 

Trapped!

A quality that championship teams have is maturity, maturity not measured in years but in wisdom.  The Giants lack of maturity has caused them to fail in two trap games this season and they face another against the Redskins.  Some would call the first Redskin game a trap game but it doesn’t meet my definition of a trap game. I view a trap game as a game that is not given full attention because of their record, your team’s recent accomplishments and the perceived importance of an upcoming game and finally what happened to both teams in subsequent weeks.  The Washingtong ame was the first of the season and the Giants were not viewed as a serious team due to preseason injuries and players lost to free agency.  Plus they had two games each with “America’s Team” and the “Dream Team” in addition to games against the 49ers, Patriots, Saints, Packers, and Jets.  Third in the division and a record of 8-8 was an often repeated forecast.  Game one of the season was not a trap game.

Week 5; the 3-1 Giants are hosting the 1-3 Seahawks who have a certain quirk, they don’t travel to the East coast and win.  Their frequent flier mile futility could be measured by a zero for nine record.  Perhaps the Giants were looking past the powder puffs to the Patriot game, but they fell into the trap.  The Giants recovered to win their next three including the Patriots game whileSeattlelost their next three.

Week 11; The Giants coming off a victory over the Patriots and a West coast game in which they dominated the 49ers and had a chance to tie in the final minute may have been looking past the Eagles and at the upcoming Saints, Packers, and Cowboys games. The Giants were sitting atop the Eastern Division with a 6-3 record and facing a team that they had already beaten on the road. The Eagles would be bringing their 3-6 record to MetLife Stadium.  Trapped.  The Giants followed with their worst loss of the year against the Saints before recovering.  They followed the Saints loss with a loss to the Packers which culminated with Aaron Rodgers moving the Packers 69 yards in less than one minute and winning on a last second FG.  Last week the Giants leap frogged the Cowboys to take over the top of the Eastern Division.  The Eagles lost two before beating the 4-9 Dolphins who then fired their coach.

Week 15; the table is set and it is a familiar setting.  The Redskins bring their 4-9 record to MetLife and the Giants are in a survival mode.  The Giants just won their first “back against the wall” game and the Redskins have one win in their last nine games.  Following the Redskins are games against the rival Jets which will be a survival game for both teams and the Cowboys on New Years Day, a game that will very likely send one team to the Division Championship and the other home.  This game has Trapped written all over it.

Last week Giants pride beat the Cowboys; this week yogi says that a new found Giants maturity avoids the trap.  Giants 31-16.

 

 

Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Survivor's Guide

The World Series begins tonight in St Louis where the weather will be 47 degrees at game time with winds at 16 out of the NW.  There is also a 40% chance of rain.  You would have to go all the way back to 1984 to find the last World Series game played outdoors in the sun.  They were games 4 & 5 (Sat. & Sun.) at Tigers Stadium. 
I have prepared a check list for those of you who may have tickets and plan on going to the game.


2 World Series tickets, check.  Bernard will love going to his first game.

Heavy Down Parka, check.

Ski mask, check.

Ski Gloves, check.

Hand Warmers, check

Mets  Blue snuggie in a snuggie., check. 

Brandy Cask for St.Bernard, check

 

The game will be televised by FOX.    Yogi’s advice, scalp the tickets. 

 

 

This check list and advice is not brought to you by the Commissioners office.  If you look carefully you will be able to spot Allan Huber Selig in the heated owners box. 

Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:11 am
Edited on: October 5, 2011 6:43 pm
 

A Change for the Worst

In a booth discussion with Gary Cohan and Ron Darling, Sandy Alderson was open and frank about Mets team thoughts going into the 2012 season.  One of these disclosures was that the team was seriously considering a major change to the dimensions of Citifield.

This strikes me as a reactive approach to a problem than can be resolved and create a home field advantage for the team for years to come. 

This week the movie Moneyball opened, Alderson who while not depicted in the movie was a factor in the whole Billy Beane/Athletics story.  Essentially it is about have an edge on the competition, in the Athletics’ case it is information and in the Mets case it could be an 81 game playing field that is not level by any means. 

It has been three years since Citifield and its hitter unfriendly dimensions opened.  In the first year David Wright’s Hrs dropped from the 30 average he had hit in his Mets career to 10.  Year two, we invest 66 M in a left fielder who averaged over 30 Hrs over the 5 previous years before joining the Mets and has hit 18 in the two years since.  In the three years that Wright has played at Citifield he has struck out 392 times in 397 games, his last three years at Shea 346 Ks in 474 games. 

It is pretty clear that home runs at Citifield come with a great cost and no guarantee. 

I look at the elements that do work in a pitchers park.  Of course pitching.  In 2009 we witnessed a mostly mediocre Mets pitching staff finish seventh in ERA in the Majors.  Pitching is a hard to attain commodity, so when a team can elevate less than exceptional pitching into that asset even if only at home they have an edge. 

Power doesn’t work especially well in large ballparks which frees up money for the other elements that do, speed, pitching and defense.  In 2011 the Mets are tied for twenty-eighth in errors.  David Wright represents two areas that do not fit well into the composite of Citifield, he does not play solid defense and strikes out at a higher rate as a result of Citifield.  

Jose Reyes represents speed, he has also altered his game by increasing his OBP and is also the most difficult to strike out in the league.  He is a Citifield type.  Speed is not as costly as power and can be every bit as effective.  The Mets need to make speed top criteria for future additions.   Angel Pagan is arbitration eligible this off season at 3.5 M, he may move to 5 M.  His health has cost him 30 games this year and consequently his runs, SB and RBIs are down.  So is his fielding average, the errors as I see them are primarily throwing errors.  What has not been affected is his range in the outfield and for this speed and his offense speed he is an easy resigning. 

Big power hitters like Fielder and Albert Pujols will cost over 20 M per year for more years than one would want to offer.  Jayson Werth signed for 18 M a yr. and for 7 yrs last year.  These are exactly why the Mets should pursue the elite speed and the elite pitching when it becomes available.  Citifield is fine, just put the right pieces in place and have a home field advantage that few other do.  Besides; pitching, defense, and speed travel well

 
 
 
 
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