Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, February 26, 2020 -- "New York, New York"

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"The Mets’ last major-league transaction was the signing of Betances on December 24. A team in the sweet spot for making additions goes into 2020 with a payroll nearly identical to what it spent in 2019. Perhaps more germane, the team has less than $80 million in commitments in 2021; there was clearly room to sign talent to long-term contracts in an effort to close the gap on the Braves and Nationals, and the Mets just didn’t do it.

"Then again, given what Brodie Van Wagenen has done in his 15 months as GM, maybe this is for the best."