Fred is such a weasel...throwing in conditionals like they'll spend/invest in the team "if its appropriate".
In other words, they'll only SPEND if the deal is incredibly team-friendly. Nothing changes.
"That is a VERY fair contract to pay someone who can effectively fill a DESPERATE need the Mets have. THAT is where I am extremely annoyed with this ownership."
But why do you assume that was on the Wilpons? If they made an offer to Bourn for 4/48 than Ludwick at 2/14M is small by comparison. Marcum can make as much as 8M this season and we didn't even really need much help in the starting rotation.
I think Sandy kept waiting on something better to come and it never came.
There's this old joke about polticians: How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.
Just subsitute Wilpon for politician.
"Ryan Ludwick? Why bother with him?"
He is a solid ML OFer who is a RH power bat...something we DESPERATELY need....and the contract he was given was VERY reasonable.
"soooo what was the wright extension? an illusion?"
If you are suggesting that because the wilpons extended Wright, it proves the wilpons are willing to spend, I don't believe that would be accurate. The wilpons knew they HAD to sign Wright. It would have been too much of a PR hit ESPECIALLY with the ASG at CF this year. Also, that extension actually allowed the payroll to be LOWER this year! Wright is making about HALF of what he was going to make this year if he just got the option. After this season, Ike and Murphy will have to be extended if they both have good seasons. The Mets need to keep their home grown talent and have to SPEND in order to do it. So, like I said...I will believe the wilpons increasing payroll when I SEE it.
Just because he signed for 2/15 with the Reds doesn't mean he would have taken a similar contract with the Mets.
You would be asking him to move his family and leave a 97 win team that plays in a band box to go to a 74 win team that plays in a pitchers park.
Did you see the contract that he signed just to stay in Cincy? He had a $5 million dollar option for this year that was declined by Cincy when they bought him out for $.5 million. Then in just over a month after becoming a free agent 12/10 to be precise he signed for a $2 mil bonus and a $1 mil salary for this year. Then he gets $7.5 mil next year and a mutual option year worth $9 mil with a $4.5 buy out.
Don't think he would have even entertained an offer from the Mets at all. He wanted to stay in Cincy.