Wagner, Floyd, Beltran, Pedro Martinez, Glavine, Cameron, LoDuca, Valentin, Delgado, Nady, Endy Chavez, Julio Franco, Offerman, Mientkiewicz, Shawn Green, Ramon Castro, Steve Trachsel, Moises Alou, and Marlon Anderson added to the young players like Wright, Reyes, Heilman, Gomez, Maine,Joe Smith, Feliciano, Victor Diaz, Mike Jacobs, Bell, Ring, and others...all of these additions were not stars but, they all played a part in the team's success for the winning years from 2005-2008 when theMets, coming off of 3 very bad years, won 357 games, lost 291 games..
Minor, Beachy, Venters, Kimbrel, Freeman, Heyward, Simmons, Medlen, Walden, Teheran, Justin Upton
Strasburg, Zimmermann, Gonzalez, Storen, Clippard, Detweiler, Ramos, Desmond, Espinosa, Zimmerman, Harper, Span...
Fang, Granted that Alderson dropped Castillo and Perez at the start of 2011, that didn't save any money for that year but it was 18 M that could have been available for 2012. Also available for 2012 would have been the Beltran 19 M, Reyes 11 M and Francisco Rodriguez 13 M option. That is 61 M that might have been reinvested in the product on the field. Our free agent spending was for Chris Young, Scott Hairston, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco and Ronny Cedano. The reinvestment was about 15 M. We had a pre AS break record of 7 games over .500 and at one point in June we were in second place. Perhaps a more aggressive tact to the 2012 preseason would have kept us competitive for the complete season. Gee and Santana were both shot by the end of June and well before the trading deadline.
The opportunities were there, the money and willingness was not. That 45 M that went unspent went into the clawback payment fund. This year we will also field a team with a payroll of well under 100 M and the payback fund will get another bump. That is the first priority, not the product on the field. I can't answer this; what happens if Sterling Enterprise defaults?
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The annual ranking of baseball's biggest and brightest young talent is assembled by [Mayo], who compiles input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, closeness to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. The list, which is one of several prospect rankings on [MLB.com's Prospect Watch], only includes players with rookie status in 2013.
What's even more interesting is that the division Braves, Phillies, and Nationals don't even have even 1 prospect in the top 25...ATW
No Wilmer Flores in the Top 100 btw. Time to stop calling him a "top" prospect.