In a very interesting read, Joel Sherman suspects the offer to Bay was a ploy to win back ticket holders and increase a stagnant ticket renewal so far this year. There have been several reports that ticket holders have been reluctant to renew their season tickets for next year and are in a “wait and see” mode. I myself am a usual subscriber of MLB Extra Innings (I live in FL) but am also in the same boat with the ticket holders. The economy has hit many of us so hard that to spend money on the luxury to watch our favorite team is one that can be debated. I don’t think personally that Joel is too far off with his theory as Boston tried to sign an extension with Jason Bay for relatively the same amount and were rejected. I don’t see Jason accepting this offer from the Mets if he has not declined it already and I also suspect the fans are not fooled.
The winter meetings for the Mets could have lulled anyone to sleep as uneventful as it went. While some people see this as a good strategy (i.e. John Franco), others are more anxious to see the team show some sign of life and wanting to improve. After the 2009 season I believe most met fans and ticket holders want to see some action or believe that the Mets are LEGITIMATELY trying to improve.Â It seems every off season is more difficult and challenging than the year before, yet Omar has managed to sign or trade for the player we needed and field a contending team every year (except 2009 of course). With this sort of pedigree, its really hard to believe the Mets offer to Jason bay was a ploy but they cynicism is understandable considering the offer is only $5 million more than the offer Jason rejected from Boston. Do you think this was a smokescreen to woo in ticket holders or can Jason Bay really be had at the Mets asking price with Matt Holiday still out there as an option for them to go after?