Baseball is feeling the woes of the economy like the rest of us . The teams are seeing people are trading now on there season tickets packages. They are also seeing people waiting longer to make the decisions to buy packages. As per Walt Jocketty on last nights MLB's "Hot Stove " show he says that ownership is also seeing sponsorship dollars be less then years past.
Well there are many type A agents and type b agents out there still when there is now less then 3 weeks before pitchers and catchers report. See Keith Law's of ESPN top 10 available free agents here
In an article from last weeks New York Times Jack Curry gets some quotes from agents and players that are still available in be signed.
“It’s a little surprising, but it’s not shocking,” said Brian Goldberg, Griffey’s agent. “Some of it is the market. Some of it is the economy. Some of it is teams wanting to go with younger players.”
I think this year more then most your going to see teams signing these big time players to a 1 year deal at far less of a rate then they could have received in years past.
In the Mets case they still could get a bargain but I doubt it will be a right handed batter that goes by the name of Manny.
Check out the article here