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The New York Mets have been burned before. They gave Jason Bay a big contract expecting big things in return. Instead, Bay suffered through injuries and simply underperformed in his time with the club. They gave a big contract to Johan Santana. Santana has been solid, but he has also seen injuries get the best of him. Now, the Mets have a shot this offseason at another big contract - that of Shin-Soo Choo - but they may not pull the trigger.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports points out that the Mets' Santana and Bay's contracts officially coming off the books this winter. That could mean they'd be willing to spend, or it could mean the team has more flexibility in enveloping their farm system. The Mets have done a great job in acquiring young talent, but do they want more? Do they need something bigger?
Heyman believes the Mets may take a run at Choo, but the size of his contract could put them off. Choo is in the final year of team control with the Cincinnati Reds. He $7.38 million this season. Choo will surely be looking for a large, long-term deal. The Mets probably have the cash to accommodate such a deal - about $50 million is coming off the books with Santana and Bay - but will they roll the dice? Mets' GM Sandy Alderson understands the risks.
“There's no question long-term contracts carry risk, and right about the time you're clearing payroll you can wind up right back where you started if it doesn't work out,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a phone interview. “On the other hand, you have some times where you have to roll the dice. I certainly haven't ruled out a big-ticket item.”
Choo could be a huge asset for the Mets if he continues to perform the way he has in the past. However, Choo is 31. He's at an age where productivity usually begins to dip. While his .291/.425/.471 line looks good this season, will he be able to keep it going for, say, another five year?
Those are the types of questions the Mets have to ask themselves. And the questions will not get any easier as the front office tries to turn this franchise back into a winner.
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