Mets re-sign John Franco for 3 years, $10.5 million
The Mets were put in a hard
position with John Franco. They only wanted to
give Franco a one-year deal, which is the correct
length of a contract for any pitcher past the age
of 40. However, once offers from other teams such
as the Phillies and Cubs rolled in, it was
obvious that one year wouldn't get it done. The
Mets' off-season hasn't gone as planned so far,
and they see their chances of defending their NL
pennant slipping away. This is what forced them
to give Franco a 3-year deal worth $10.5 million,
top money for a set-up man. While Franco had a
great 2000 season, let's not forget it wasn't too
long ago - 1999 to be exact - that Mets fans
hated Franco as he continuously blew leads for
the team. It's not far-fetched that the '99
Franco will return, especially considering his
age. Again, the Mets see their team and their
chances slipping, and they needed to make a move. However, giving a 40-year old pitcher a lucrative
3-year contract is a desperate move, not a smart
Triple Steal Rating: Out
Mets Team Page
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.