Originally posted on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 11/30/11
Howard Megdal comments on the Mets losing Jonathan Broxton to the Royals, and what is says about the 2012 payroll: The essence of Moneyball is getting undervalued assets. And the intriguing part of bringing Alderson in last October was precisely how many undervalued assets he could add on a New York budget. Some pan out, some don’t. But the more chances you take on such players, the better your chances of finding the good ones. Get three players right on such risks, and you can contend. Well, a lot easier to go 3-for-12 than 3-for-3. Instead, it looks like Alderson has more like $12-15 million, max, to spend this winter. Suddenly, a risk like Broxton is around 30 percent of your offseason budget. And if he doesn’t pan out, you have no fallback closer. So that money needs to be spent instead on certainty. And at that price? Certainty equals a mediocrity. The point is, the money problems of ownership mean a lot more than just an inability to sign Jose Reyes. It impacts Sandy Ald...
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