Mets Won't Break The Bank On Big-Ticket Free Agents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sandy Alderson has declared that the Mets will not be paying out any $100 million contracts this offseason.

“I think that’s a probably not,” Alderson told reporters.

David Wright’s eight-year, $138 million contract was the lone exception. Alderson described Wright’s extension as “special circumstances.”

“We’ve been in that stratosphere once recently with David Wright,” Alderson said. “Those were special circumstances. I think it would be difficult to duplicate that again — not from a financial standpoint, just in terms of team-building. I think it’s difficult to concentrate those kinds of resources into very few players. It’s not really the way you build a quality, sustainable, winning team, I don’t think.”

Alderson understands that it’s important for the Mets to strike the right balance when pursuing free agents. They can’t be too patient or too aggressive.

“You have to deal with reality,” Alderson said. “I’m not sure tonight, at this moment, we know exactly what the reality is. But I think we’ve always understood there’s a time for patience, there’s a time to be more aggressive. I would expect we will try to demonstrate both qualities. We’ll try to be aggressive where we think it’s important or necessary, and at the same time try to be patient. It’s a fine balance. But we understand you can’t be patient forever. At some point you’ve got to pull the trigger. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see the whites of their eyes.”

Unless Alderson is playing a really good poker face, Mets fans shouldn’t expect the franchise to be handing out monster contracts this winter.

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