How long until Wang opens up his wallet?
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01-23-2013, 02:26 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
Originally Posted by
If you sign the
guy, he becomes a magnet for other free agents. Mets did this with Pedro Martinez. One of the game's best signs with a seemingly hapless team. Other players take notice and wonder what's going on over there. Star tells his other star colleagues that we're doing this and this, and it's gonna be legendary, and you gotta get in on this if you can.
The Pedro reference holds absolutely no water at all here is why:
Pedro was signed by the Mets in December of 2004 and was on the team through the 2008 season so he played 4 years for them. In those 4 years the biggest names the Mets signed were:
Carlos Beltran - Only singed with the Mets because they offered the most money and he made it publically known he wanted to play for the Yankees
Julio Franco - Past his prime
Paul DeLuca - Average catcher at best
Moises Alou - See Julio Franco
Now they had other signings during Pedro’s Met lifetime but names hardly recognizable. So the Pedro theory is wrong.
There is no reason to believe Wang will ever throw money at this team again. Many here think that just because of the move he will suddenly have this cash infusion and decides to pour it back into the team. That too is false. For the revenue streams to be available for the Isles when they move, Wang would have to start building a winner now so they can sell tickets to the new place. This way when they do move they are a playoff caliber team and people will want to come see them. The reality is Wang has made it clear he will continue to spend to the cap floor and when they move they will still be a crappy team playing in a new building. FA's go where there is a chance to win, they don't go because of a building despite what NYI ownership wants you to believe. There are going to be a lot of empty seats in that shiny new building.
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