Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire:
Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next
season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already
total $120 million.
The nine who make up that amount are Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran. Jason Bay, David Wright Jose Reyes, K-Rod, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Ryota Igarashi.
Of course that crunch isn’t new for next year. It’s obviously been felt this year too, as the Mets made no moves of consequence at the deadline and were reported to be demanding money back from any team with whom they negotiated.
Of course, given how poorly last winter’s big free agent signing has gone so far, the Mets probably wouldn’t have been buyers this winter regardless.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.