Friday, January 21, 2011
The Mets have been rather frugal this off-season as Adam Rubin of ESPN NY describes it .
The free agent contracts of D.J. Carrasco, Chris Capuano, Ronny Paulino, Taylor Buchholz, Chris Young, and Scott Hairston have a combined guaranteed value of $8.1 million.
This will be the lowest potential payout that the Mets have put forth to free agents in an offseason since committing to only $8.6 million in potential payouts in the 1997-98 offseason.
Since that one, the Mets have made at least one big free agent signing every off-season. From the 1998-99 off-season to the 2009-10 off-season, they signed players to contracts guaranteeing them nearly $800 million, whether it be from the Mets or another team to which they were later dealt (in some cases, for another big contract).
This year will end a streak of 12 straight off-seasons in which the Mets signed at least one free agent to a contract with a total value of at least $10 million.