I came across an article written way back in September of 2009 by John Romano of the St Petersburg Times. It was titled “Baseball’s big-market teams catching up to low-market teams in intelligence”.
It talked about how small-revenue teams that have gotten around in different ways when competing with big market teams are now finding it harder and harder to compete. Here is some of the ways Romano explains that small-revenue teams got around the Big market teams.
Oakland did it for a while with on-base percentage. The Rays keyed their turnaround by emphasizing defense. But, even then, they were continually counting on some of the big-money teams to falter.
What really started to register with me was when he started to explain what he felt was what Big Market teams were doing that was making harder for small market teams to compete. Things like:
- Big market teams spending more aggressively in the draft
- Big market teams getting better at signing free agents based on future potential rather than past production
- Big market teams putting a higher premium on homegrown pitching
Now with Alderson here as the Mets GM one of the 1st things he said the day he was hired was that there was no reason for the Mets Minor league system to be in the middle of the pack and that the Mets being at a disadvantage as other teams go over slot while they didn’t was not something he expects to see happening anymore.
Can this be what Romano described as Big market teams spending more aggressively in the draft?
Now as we head into the last year of Castillo’s contract where we wound up paying for past performance rather than future potential. Can we expect Alderson to do better at signing future free agents basing it on future potential rather than past production?
Finally looking at the World Series Champions S.F. Giants core of homegrown pitchers can we expect Alderson to put a higher premium on homegrown pitching?
In the end will this new Mets era really be as Romano called it, another Big market team incorporating small market intelligence?