On Thursday night, Mets manager Terry Collins discussed the Mets offseason with reporters at a charity dinner in New York City.
According to Adam Rubin, Collins also expects the Mets to follow the “Red Sox model” — signing a bulk of middle-tier free agents rather than the biggest names.
“I’m sure that’s what the philosophy is going to be,” Collins said. “Again, that’s Sandy’s stuff. As I’ve always said: When I get to spring training, I’ll see what names are on the locker and try to do the best we can with it.
“I knew when I got hired here that there were some things that had to get done,” Collins said. “One was we had to clear some money, some of the contracts that we had. I know that we’re trying to build up the minor-league system. And it’s taken some time. But I think now we’ve got some freedom, some money to spend. We’ll see what it buys”
“Let me preface this by saying that this is my opinion, and not anything that Sandy has told me, or anything that Sandy and I have talked about,” Wright told Newsday.
“It seemed like it worked for Boston last year. If you can get three or four — maybe not those marquee free agents — but three or four guys that are very good, solid, players I think it helps us fill more holes. And ultimately we become a better team because of it.”
When Collins was asked to describe his own responsibility this winter, he responded, “This is Sandy’s time right now.”
There are two main components of the Red Sox model that frequently get overlooked.
1. The Red Sox got tremendous bounce back seasons from their starting pitching:
Jon Lester improved from 9-14, 4.82 to 15-8, 3.75
Clay Buchholz improved from 11-8, 4.56 to 12-1, 1.74
Felix Doubront improved from 11-10, 4.86 to 11-6, 4.32
John Lackey, who missed the 2012 season went 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA
The other thing is that the Red Sox got lucky with almost everyone of their free agent signings and trade acquisitions, and that’s something that would be difficult for the Mets or any other team to duplicate.
Shane Victorino, three years, $39 million
Ryan Dempster, two years, $26.5 million
Jonny Gomes, two years, $10 million
Stephen Drew, one year, $9.5 million
David Ross, two years, $6.2 million
Mike Napoli, one year, $5 million
Koji Uehara, one year, $4.25 million
A lot of things went right for the Red Sox and in a way it was the Perfect Storm.