Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/15/14
I caught a Mailbag Post on MetsBlog entitled: Can the Mets “Matt Moore” Matt Harvey? Basically it’s describing the concept of locking up a young promising player through his arbitration years and maybe even buying out one or two years of that player’s free agency, as the Tampa Bay Rays did last Winter with Matt Moore. In his response, my buddy Michael Baron said he likes to refer to this type of deal as an “Evan Longoria Deal”. Now that’s perfectly cool and all, but I just want to point out that as Mets fans, we should probably refer to them as an “Omar Minaya Deal”. Especially when you consider it was Omar Minaya who signed two of the best homegrown position players the Mets have ever produced to those same type deals, and did so long before the Matt Moore or Evan Longoria deals ever happened. Of course I’m talking about Minaya’s foresight in signing both Jose Reyes and David Wright to team friendly deals that have stood the test of time and kept the Mets from ever having to challen
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