Transaction Analysis

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 one.

Triple Steal Rating: Out

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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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