MLB Free Agency: 5 Players the New York Mets Can't Sign

SWAMP DONKEYContributor IIOctober 25, 2011

MLB Free Agency: 5 Players the New York Mets Can't Sign

0 of 5

    Optimism is for the weak. 

    The World Series will be over soon. But then the pain begins anew for fans of the New York Mets. Hot stove season! A new hope! Endless possibilities!


    So many stories in such a short period on where player A will go, or whether player B will stay. Here we're going to rule out the players who simply will never sign with the Mets, let alone sit down in a room with Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon. Here, we're going to prepare you for the glass half-empty perspective you'll need to remain sane. 

Prince Fielder

1 of 5

    Prince Fielder has 230 career home runs. That is 230 more than he will ever hit for the New York Mets. Fielder also plays first base—a position currently held by Ike Davis. He'll also cost somewhere in the vicinity of $23 million a year, which is roughly $22 million more than the Mets can afford to pay him. 

    Fielder is a vegan. This has no bearing on anything at all. In fact, I think he's lying. 

    Now while you're bound to read plenty of speculation on where Fielder will land—and his agent will be sure to try to include the Mets—don't get those hopes up! 

    Chances of Signing With the Mets: 0.4 percent

CC Sabathia

2 of 5

    Someone's expecting!

    CC Sabathia has until 10 days after the World Series to opt out of his seven-year, $161 million contract. This is likely, since he'll be able to get a new $100 million contract to supplant the four remaining years on his deal. 

    What isn't likely is CC signing with the Mets. 

    Among the reasons CC likely won't land in Queens? Well it includes but is not limited to the team being nowhere close to competing for a title and being unable to pay him. Ironically, the Mets rotation for next year is already cheap and complete—perfect for a team downsizing on payroll and maximizing its resources. Next year's rotation will feature Mike Pelfrey, RA Dickey, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Johan Santana. 

    Who It Won't Feature: CC Sabathia

    Chances of Signing With the Mets: 0.03 percent

CJ Wilson

3 of 5

    Texas starter CJ Wilson is a free agent after the year. Most analysts peg him for Burnett/Lackey money (5 years, $80 million give or take), but he could net over $100 million, considering the market is extremely thin on pitching. And the possible bidding war over Sabathia could make him an attractive alternative to whomever loses that derby.

    Wait, bidding war? That makes him the perfect No. 3 on this slideshow (and in your overrated rotation)! 

    Wilson has been a stink bomb in the playoffs. He's masquerading as a No. 1 pitcher and will likely be paid as such. Hmm, imagine this were just a few short years ago? He would be a perfect fit in Queens!

    But alas, this is not meant to be. 

    Chances of Signing With the Mets: 0.8 percent

Heath Bell

4 of 5

    Well, this is awkward. 

    Bell used to pitch out of the Mets bullpen. Then they traded him for the rights to not have him on their team anymore. Bell has turned into a dynamic closer for the San Diego Padres. Omar Minaya, clearly seeing this coming, struck a deal to send him as far away as possible. 

    Bell enters free agency for the first time and will probably score a multi-year deal worth around $12 million per. Maybe the Mets could convince him to come back for a couple million bucks. Ya know, nostalgia? 

    No. Bell won't be pitching in Queens again unless he's locking up saves against them. We get to ride out the Parnell/Acosta Heartburn Express!

    Chances of Signing With the Mets: 0.03 percent

Albert Pujols

5 of 5

    Ah, the biggest fish of them all. 

    Albert Pujols is due for the biggest free agent splash since Alex Rodriguez (twice). Unfortunately for Albert, the Yanks, Sox and Phillies already have long-term first basemen and won't pursue the slugger.

    Guess who also won't be in that group!

    You guessed it. 

    Pujols, like Fielder, plays first base. It makes no logistical sense to sign him with Ike Davis in play. But the main issue preventing his signature from inking a Mets contract? Well, besides the fact that the Mets can't afford pens anymore—they also can't afford things like players. Pujols could get anywhere from $220 million to $300 million. The Mets owe their creditors more than that. 

    Of course, if he was maybe willing to take a deferment. Say, one that starts in 2025 and pays compounded interest....yea, I think that's a fantastic idea.

    Chances of Signing With the Mets: 0.003 percent