Friday, December 02, 2005

METS AREN’T AFRAID OF OVERSPENDING

The Mets buy all the best free agents, they dare to make the trades that other teams can only think about, they are famous for becoming the back-page feature frequently and then they're named as the early team to beat. It seems that the wild spending Mets are trying to out-Yankee the Yankees this winter and by far are doing a pretty good job of it. This has been a monster offseason so far for Omar Minaya's Mets, Last year he general manager Minaya spent $119 million on center fielder Carlos Beltran and gave Pedro Martinez a four-year deal worth $53 million. The modus operandi of the Mets has changed under Minaya. Now they have become aggressive in their thoughts. They have become persistent in their implementation of their thoughts. More than anything, they dare to spend beyond the point of overspending, to get what they want.

As a matter of fact this is the strategy of the Yankees, and this strategy has made the Mets the team of the moment in the Big Apple. With the ownership that has the resources, and the competitive edge they are doing whatever it takes to win. The Mets in their first month has filled a huge void at first base by trading for the slugging Delgado. They even managed to get the Marlins to pay $7 million of his salary to take him off their hands. They've signed the fastball-flinging lefty Wagner and still Minaya is working on a possible trade for Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez. They will team with rising stars in Beltran, third baseman David Wright and shortstop Jose Reyes.

The Mets are even launching a new cable network, which promises to finance at least a little of their extravaganza. Its bad news for the rest of the NL East, where the Marlins are bound to recoil, the Phillies are messing up for a replacement for Wagner, the Nationals are without a proper ownership and the Braves are neutral.

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