Free Agency Begins Today – Type A’s, Type B’s and Type Mets

An article by posted on November 3, 2011

David Lennon of Newsday did the legwork on this…

Sandy Alderson reiterated Monday that he still expects to have a 2012 payroll in the $100 million-$110 million range, but does not want it all to be spent before Opening Day. If so, the bulk of that money already is slotted for nine players:

Johan Santana $24M
Jason Bay $18.13M
David Wright $15.25M
Mike Pelfrey $5.5M*
Angel Pagan $4.8M*
R.A. Dickey $4.75M
Ronny Paulino $2M*
D.J. Carrasco $1.2M
Tim Byrdak $1M

Total $76.63M

*Arbitration estimate

Well as you can see, there doesn’t seem to be much wiggle room here. While Free Agency opens today and some teams are already off and running, you can be sure to cross out most if not all the Type A and Type B Free Agents from your Wish Lists because quite frankly they may all be too rich for the Mets taste this offseason.

There are exceptions to this of course. Players who may have had recent surgery or are rehabbing from an injury this winter, will have some great appeal for the Mets as they usually are less costly and willing to accept incentive based deals or sign minor league contracts. The Mets signed over a dozen of these types of players last offseason and this year should be no different.

Other players the Met might key in on are players who are 2-3 years removed from productive MLB careers or have significant flaws to their games – aging ballplayers included.

Here’s a player pool of the types of players the Mets will be keying on this Hot Stove Season:

Type-Mets Free Agents

Catchers

Rod Barajas (36)
Henry Blanco (40)
Ramon Castro (36)
Brian Schneider (35)
Jason Varitek (40)

Corner Infielders

Ross Gload (36)
Xavier Nady (33)
Wily Mo Pena (30)
Jorge Cantu (30)
Mark DeRosa (37)
Greg Dobbs (33)

Middle Infielders

Alfredo Amezaga (34)
Clint Barmes (33)
Orlando Cabrera (37)
Jamey Carroll (37)
Alex Cora (36)
Craig Counsell (41)
Mark Ellis (35)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
John McDonald (37)
Nick Punto (34)
Edgar Renteria (35)

Outfielders

Pat Burrell (35)
Mark DeRosa (37)
Jonny Gomes (31)
Carlos Guillen (36)
Scott Hairston (32)
Willie Harris (34)
Brad Hawpe (33)
Raul Ibanez (40)
Marcus Thames (35)
Mike Cameron (39)
Andruw Jones (35)
Kosuke Fukudome (35)
Magglio Ordonez (38)

Starting Pitchers

Doug Davis (36)
Freddy Garcia (36)
Livan Hernandez (37)
Kenshin Kawakami (37)
Scott Kazmir (28)
Rodrigo Lopez (36)
Jason Marquis (33)
Kevin Millwood (37)
Oliver Perez (30)
Dontrelle Willis (30)
Chris Young (33)

Relievers

Joe Nathan (37)
Miguel Batista (41)
Shawn Camp (36)
LaTroy Hawkins (37)
Aaron Heilman (33)
Ryota Igarashi (33)
Jason Isringhausen (39)
Guillermo Mota (38)
Fernando Rodney (35)
Takashi Saito (42)
Brian Tallet (34)

Last year we got lucky with a couple of these type signings. Jason Isringhausen proved to be a good acquisition and Chris Young looked good for 24 innings until he hit the operating table. Capuano had his moments, but he won’t come that cheap this year and he’ll most likely get a multi-year deal. Of course the bad outweighed the good, but that’s the risk you run from this kind of a player pool.

Reality bites…

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