Let’s face it. None of us expected the Mets to be in on the Yoan Moncada deal, but paying a $31.5 million dollar signing bonus screams for either some kind of ceiling in this process, or an incorporation of the international signing program into the draft. This is just stupid.
Others will tell you as long as there is a market in this area (three teams were willing to pay over $30mil, including the Dodgers who offered $35mil if Moncada would agree to wait to sign until after July 2nd), so who’s at fault here, the player taking the money or the team offering it?
There’s never been a deal in baseball that winds up standing as the biggest deal ever signed. They just keep getting bigger and no one seems to care.
The sport is now being led by the television revenue. The Dodgers receive an annual check from their TV contract of $334mil. That’s more than three Mets payrolls. And, they could have spent around $100mil more this year in payroll and still be taking in 100% of the profits from tickets sales and hot dogs.
And now, here comes San Diego, whose current TV contract will go from $31mil a year to total contract (15-20 year range) of ‘over’ $1.5 billion dollars. Did I just use the billion word?
What this all translates to is the business will just continue to grow and each team will only be limited by its own ownership and vision.
How is this Mets related?
Well, it seems to me that they are about to begin a 5-7 year period where they will be dominated by very talented starting pitchers. That being said, it also seems that the team, and how it operates, will not reach out and spend the money to secure two or two superstar ‘bats’ to create a team that can compete with teams like the Boston Red Sox that just signed Moncada.
This doesn’t mean that teams with smaller payrolls don’t make the playoffs, or even play in the World Series, but as a Met fan for all these years, I wish I was rooting for a team that doesn’t define ‘superstar’ as players like Curtis Granderson or Michael Cuddyer.
Folks, I’m telling you. These people have the money to make this a great team.