Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/16/11
It is said over and over again that the problem with the Mets is a combination of financial difficulties coupled with unwise spending and negligence in development of youth needed to build a winning franchise. There is some truth in all of this the only question seems to be in the perception of how bad and how much applies to each argument. In the case of Bad contracts the usual suspects cited are Oliver Perez (12M per) and Luis Castillo (6M per). There is no doubt about Perez being a bad contract, but you could argue Castillo at 6 Mil was not the financial disaster it is portrayed as being. Was it a great contract? No, but it was not anywhere near the franchise ruining, finance killing, long term killer contract it is made out to be.  He was hurt the first year, had a reasonable year for him in 2009, and in 2010 lost time to Alex Cora and Reuben Tejada. So the low 2010 appearances are as much a product of the manager as the player. Six Mil per year is about what you pay for a dece...
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