Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/29/13
Money and payroll flexibility has had all to do with the Mets small presence in the free agent market over the past three seasons. With several payroll dollars coming off via expiring contracts, the Mets could be considered a team that will spend significant money this offseason through free agency. Of course, trades are a possibility and there are a number of different ways to bring in players, but free agency has been foreign to the Mets in the three offseasons under GM Sandy Alderson. It is safe to say that Alderson has done what he could with the limited resources he has had. For those who do not remember, here is a recap of the last three offseasons from a free agent perspective. 2010-2011: The Mets had no ability to sign a player for market value as their budget allowed them to add about $5 million to their payroll. They signed free agent catcher Ronny Paulino, outfielder Scott Hairston and pitchers Chris Capuano, Chris Young and Taylor Buchholz to 1 year contracts. They also...
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