Are you kidding me?
No money for the rest of the draft. No money for international signings. No money to absorb major league salary in exchange for prospects.
And it comes out to a mere $8m?
Let's say after SS's $8m and the crummy attendance and the miniscule ratings that the team only breaks even this year.
There is still the matter of the $35-$40m PROFIT from last year. Profit NOT reinvested in the product in any appreciable way this year.
Kansas F*(&^&%^( City was blowing up slot up and down the draft. The whole day yesterday signings kept coming in: 7th round pick Brody Colvin signs for $900k with the Phils. And on and on.
Are you telling me that a franchise with the worst record in baseball last year, with the worst record in baseball this year a billionaire owner AND turned a profit last year CAN"T AFFORD to spend on the draft?
Ackley the #2 pick got $7.5m guaranteed $9.5 in all. That's only a LoDuca more than SS!
It's easy to spend other people's money I know. I just wonder why this franchise is acting like a small to mid market franchise when it should be one of the big boys. I'll grant you half of New York is bigger than the DC metro area but Philly? Atlanta? Florida? Should easily be able to compete financially with those guys.
And at least until 2012, the Mets are totally hamstrung!
Great. You did what you had to do and signed Strasburg. Now go get the guy some help.