Mets made one of the better deals of the offseason

December 21, 2007 at 9:48 am 9 comments


The Mets made a transaction this past Tuesday that went virtually unnoticed. They signed right hander reliever Matt Wise to a $1.2 million one year deal. By far, this is one of the best signings in this offseason full of ridiculous contracts.

We are seeing relievers sign for $4M per year (Mahay), $4.75M per year (Linebrink), $4M per year minimum (Percival), and almost $12M per year (Cordero) and all those deals are at least 2 years and up to 4 years. Wise is for one year and only $1.2M, virtual couch change for the Mets.

Wise has very good control and command and he knows how to miss a few bats so he doesn’t completely rely on his defense for outs. He also has good sink on his fastball.

Take a look at his ERA and the league ERA the past three years:

Yes his ERA rose each year but the league ERA rose as well. Wise is now moving to a pitcher’s park and he has a better defense behind him. I have little doubt he will outperform a lot of the free agent relievers of this offseason.

“Matt has had success in a variety of roles,” New York general manager Omar Minaya said. “He adds a versatile arm to the bullpen.”

“I’m ecstatic to join the Mets,” Wise said. “I look forward to helping out in whatever role [manager] Willie Randolph wants.”

The Mets haven’t made much of a splash this offseason and may be the team that has been the biggest loser when comes to trades and signings. This signing doesn’t change anybody else’s mind but I think by the end of the year people who like to write articles on “the best signings of the offseason” will be putting Matt Wise in their article.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
quotes taken form The Associated Press

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  December 21, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I like this move for a couple of reasons. 1) Matt Wise is a really underrated reliever. 2) He’s major bargin. Hell Ron Mahay got $4 million a year and he’s….. ok? 3) He won’t pitch against the Cubs consistantly anymore.

    In all seriousness though, it’s a great move for the Mets. Is Duaner Sanchez going to be ready this season?

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 21, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    When Gary Glover of the Rays is making the same money and is far worse that makes this deal even better.

  • 3. Johnluke Chaparro  |  December 21, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Wow, Minaya makes a good move this off-season

  • 4. Danno  |  December 21, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    When you see that Ron Mahay signed a ridiculous contract for two years at $4 million per with KC, this one absolutely makes sense. He’ll play a major role in their bullpen and possibly as a spot starter. It’s about time they did something right this off-season.
    You guys have a great site!

  • 5. erik  |  December 22, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I like this deal. It gives the mets a good pitcher in comparison to Guillermo Mota. Should Heilman be dealt he can slip into that setup role… I like it. Plus not paying Linebrink money and the guy can pitch.

    Shame the rest of Minayas moves aren’t setting the house a fire. Mets needed to make a splash considering they late season floundering. They need a Santana or Bedard in the worst way. so far they got estrada to get out of mota’s contract, then traded milledge for church and schnieder. Yes they got better defensively but defense wasn’t what stalled out on them come September.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 22, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Thanks Danno. I should restate that I believe that any lefty specialist making that much money is a bad deal. They are limited to one or two batters in most outings. Mahay also can’t start anymore. The thing I like about the Mahay deal is that he can face Hafner, Sizemore, Morneau, Mauer, Granderson, and Thome in that division and have the odds on the Royals side. But at $4M per year and the loss of a draft pick make it a little crazy to me. He could revert to his old ways of pitching when he wasn’t very good. Thanks for the comment! Keep em coming Danno!

  • 7. Nik the Russian  |  December 31, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Minaya is a great GM and he doesn’t like throwing huge money at pavano-type players.

    I think this was an excellent move and i woulda offered wise a 3 year 5 million contract. I think he is an awesome reliever and we should see his ERA decrease with his transition into a pitcher friendly park. The Mets bullpen is starting to piece together nicely, something we had problems with last year due to injuries and for lack of a better term “Mota”. Heilman needs to get moved to Oakland where he can finally start and we should get something nice in return… maybe package him with Humber as well but they should definitely balk at Oakland’s asking price for Blanton. Harden was the way to go if you were goning to give up that much…….

  • 8. Nik the Russian  |  December 31, 2007 at 11:32 am

    i meant Haren was the way to go… my apologies.

  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 31, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    I agree. The asking price for Blanton is steep and the Mets should throw Pelfrey and Humber at the back end and see what they give them. They need to stop moving Pelfrey up and down and let him play.


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