Daniel Murphy's Law: Anything That Can Go Wrong Will—for the New York Mets
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Murphy's Law states, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
Since the middle of September 2007, this has become the new team motto of the New York Mets.
Between bad free agent signings and an injury tally bigger than Snooki's tanning bill, the Mets have gone from World Series contenders to the laughing stock of baseball in five years.
This slideshow will detail the bad signings and rash of injuries that have led to the Mets downfall in a city now and forever dominated by the Evil Empire known as the New York Yankees.
Let's start with bad free agent signings:
Bad Free Agent Signings
Bay after striking out on July 19th
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Before the 2009 season, Perez had a 55-60 career record with a 4.59 ERA.
The Mets saw this as good enough to reward him with a three-year, $36-million contract.
Over the next two seasons, Perez went 3-9 with a 6.81 ERA and 100 walks in 112.1 innings.
After refusing to go down to the minor leagues, the Mets sent Perez to the bullpen for the second half of the 2010 season and released him before this season.
They still owe him the remaining $12 million on his contract, though he's not even on the active roster.
Castillo was traded by the Twins to the Mets in the last year of his contract at the 2007 trade deadline.
He had a solid final two months, hitting .301 with one home run, 38 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
After the season was over, the Mets re-signed the free agent to a four-year, $25-million deal.
Over the next three seasons, Castillo averaged a .270 batting average and an OPS of .665, with his OBP never reaching higher than .387, not what you want from your leadoff/No. 2 hitter.
After setting a new single-season record for saves with 62 in 2008 with the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim, the Mets signed K-Rod to a three-year, $37-million deal.
In two-and-a-half seasons, Rodriguez went 9-10 with a 3.05 ERA, allowing 140 hits in 168 innings.
That's far from the 23-17 with a 2.35 ERA he posted over seven seasons with the Angels, allowing 305 hits in 451 innings, which would work out to 114 hits allowed using the 168 innings K-Rod pitched for the Mets as a scale.
The Mets' most recent disappointing free agent signing is left fielder Jason Bay.
Signed to a four-year, $66-million deal before the 2010 season, Bay has not come close to the production he had in either Pittsburgh or Boston.
In 719 games with the Pirates, Bay hit .281 with 139 home runs and 452 RBI, with an OPS of .890.
In 200 games with the Red Sox, Bay hit .274 with 45 home runs and 156 RBI, with an OPS of .915.
In 181 games with the Mets, Bay is hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI.
That works it's way out, using the $24,625,000 Bay will make by the end of this season, to $1,641,667 per home run and $279,829 per RBI.
Not a great ratio there.
These are just the well-known ones. Here's a list of bad moves that flew under the radar:
Lesser-Known Bad Signings
Kelvim Escobar in February of 2010. This photo was taken before his season, and for the time being, career-ending shoulder injury.
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Carrasco came to the Mets with a career 4.31 ERA and a 23-18 record, stats that the average fan would say were nothing more than below average.
The Mets still rewarded him with a two-year, $2.5-million contract.
His thanks: an 0-2 record with a 4.81 ERA in 28 appearances. A 4.81 is bad for a starter, it's terrible for a relief pitcher such as Carrasco.
This one, based on prior performance, was not a terrible deal. Igarashi is on this list for what he has done this season.
Igarashi was 47-29 with a 3.45 ERA in 10 seasons in Japan. He signed a two-year, $3,000,000 deal before the 2010 season.
Over that time, has gone 3-2 with a 6.30 ERA in 59 appearances and has allowed 53 hits in 50 innings.
Cora signed two separate one-year, $2-million deals in the 2008 and 2009 offseasons.
Over his two-year stint with the Mets, in 144 games, Cora hit .234 with 38 RBI and a .299 OBP.
He is far from being worth $4 million.
If you do, you are the most die-hard fan I have ever met in my life, because he never actually pitched for the team.
The Mets signed the former Blue Jays and Angels right-hander to a one-year, $1.25-million deal before the 2010 season.
Before he threw even one important pitch, he tore his capsule in his right shoulder and missed the 2010 season. He still made all $1.25 million on his contract, which had been guaranteed at the time of the deal.
Getting paid over a million to sit for an entire season and let your shoulder heal from injury. Not bad for a guy who was 101-91 with a 4.15 ERA, 1,310 strikeouts and 1,461 hits allowed in his career.
Before signing a one-year, $2.25-million deal before the 2009 season, Redding was 34-51 in his career with a 5.64 ERA.
During his time with the Mets, he went 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA, allowing 122 hits in 120 innings
Now, onto the infamous injuries:
Ike Davis (2nd from the right) after his freak ankle injury on May 10th
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2009 was a season unlike any other for the Mets, or any other team in Major League baseball history.
During the season, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield, John Maine, Jon Niese, Billy Wagner, Ryan Church, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and 12 other players spent time on the disabled list, totaling 1,480 days.
2010 was not as bad as 2009, but it wasn't exactly better either. $66-million man Jason Bay played only 95 games, suffering a concussion when he collided with a wall at Dodger Stadium.
Carlos Beltran had knee surgery—reportedly without the Mets' consent—and didn't play a game until July 15th, totalling 64 for the season.
Jose Reyes missed another 30 games after missing all but April of 2009.
2011 has been nothing less than a repeat of the last two years.
Ace Johan Santana, who is currently in the midst of a six-year, $137.5-million contract, has not played all season and is not expected back until next season.
Jason Bay missed the first three weeks of the season with a hip injury. Starter Chris Young suffered tendinitis to his right bicep in late April and had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in early May.
Ike Davis went down with a freak ankle injury after a collision with David Wright on May 10th. He hasn't played since, and he might need surgery, which would end any shot of returning this year. A week later, Wright suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, and missed over two months.
On July 3rd, Reyes suffered a strained left hamstring and missed another two weeks.
On Sunday, August 7th, Reyes left the game after re-straining his left hamstring and was once again placed on the 15-day disabled list. Later in the same game, Daniel Murphy suffered a sprained left MCL, which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
What the Hell's Going on Around Here?
In case you forgot, Murphy's Law states that, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
The Mets have been living proof of that over the last four seasons, from their over-spending on free agents, to the most bizarre run of injured players this generation may have ever seen.
Mets fans have been looking for ANY signs of hope of the Amazins returning to their 2006, 97-win form.
But is there?
If Murphy has anything to say about it, don't count on it.
When it rains it pours, and right now, there's a typhoon tearing through Queens.