In case you missed it, multiple media outlets reported recently that the Mets will drop their their Rookie-ball club, the Gulf Coast Mets for 2012.
Or in their words:
“For 2012, we will be conducting our three Rookie League teams in Kingsport, TN and out of our facility in the Dominican Republic and will not operate a team in the Gulf Coast League.”
So, it’s not a huge deal that they are dropping the team because they were ahead of the minor league norm. But, are they really in that much dept that they had to save a measly $750-800 thousand (approximated cost of running their GCL team).
Let me put that into perspective for you. Operating the Gulf Coast Mets costs only 4% of Jason Bay’s yearly salary. Remember Chin-lung Hu? Well, keeping the minor league team would cost only 75-80% of his salary from 2011. The guy was horrible too.
In the grand scheme of the things, what is more important, developing young players or signing a player like Hu? I think we both know the answer to those questions.
Also, let’s not forget that this entire situation goes against everything Alderson has said. He always talks about the Mets getting the bang for their buck and spending money on dthe draft and developing young talent.
Let’s just be honest here… This order must have came from the Wilpons because while other teams do have only seven minor league affiliates, can the Mets really not afford to spend $750 thousand dollars? Maybe…