There have been three mega-money deals signed this offseason, and we've now had a few days to digest all of them.
Carl Crawford - 7/142 - He was the youngest of the three big money signings (he turns 30 this year), but he plays the least demanding defensive position of the three. His defense is a major plus, and he's as fast as anyone in the majors.
Jayson Werth - 7/126 - He's probably more well rounded than Crawford, but has never had the elite seasons that Crawford had the last two years. He'll turn 32 early in the season.
Cliff Lee - 5/120 with a 27.5 million vesting option and a 12.5 million dollar buyout based on 200 IP in 2015 or 400 IP between 2014-2015 - He's the oldest of the three players (turns 33 in August), and is likely at the biggest risk of injury being a pitcher. He's also on the shortest contract, but at the highest AAV. The option isn't likely to vest if he's hurt at all in 2015, so there isn't much risk of him being unhealthy and on the hook for 27.5 million (ineffective is still possible).
As Mets fans, any one of these three could fill a long term need (albeit expensively), but Lee would likely fill the biggest void. I want you to ignore that for the moment. Assume positional need is currently equal for all three positions, and that we don't have any promising prospects that any of these guys are blocking. Also assume that any of these three players would accept the same offer they signed for to join the Mets (I know...unrealistic at best), and that ownership is forcing you to make a splash by adding one of these guys before the season ticket renewal deadline. Based solely on the players in question, their skillsets going forward and their likelihood of injury, which of the three would you sign to the deal they got this winter? I'd also be very interested to see in the comments section how you rank all three of these mega-deals.
If you had to take on one of the 100 million dollar deals this offseason and had openings for any of these three, which would you take on?
Carl Crawford (73 votes)
Jayson Werth (6 votes)
Cliff Lee (67 votes)
146 total votes