Transaction Analysis

Mets sign Kevin Appier for 4 years, $42 million

The Mets did it again.  Just as they did with John Franco, they gave too many years to a guy you can’t give too many years to.  Appier’s right arm is a time-bomb waiting to happen, and the Mets gave him a 4-year deal.  Yes, the Mets desperately needed somebody, but they needed to add that somebody through a trade instead of a move such as this.  Appier also wears out a bullpen as he cannot go long into games as other starters of his price range do.  As long as he’s healthy he’s a quality starter, which is the only positive of this move.  But how long do any of us believe he’ll be healthy?

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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