The Mets strayed away from their recent pattern of drafting high school position players in the first round the past three years by drafting a college player — Michael Conforto. Conforto is an outfielder who is known as possibly the best hitter in the draft. Unlike the last three Mets first rounders, Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Dominic Smith, Conforto is someone who should be ready in a couple of years for the Mets, who could be challenging for the World Series at this point.
The Mets also got great value from Conforto at the tenth position. Not only does Conforto play a position of weakness for the Mets, but according to ESPN’s prospect analyst Keith Law, Conforto was a projected top three draft selection. Conforto is not quite a great outfielder yet, and does not have a great arm, but he is already a polished hitter. Conforto hit .345 with 56 RBIs in 203 at bats for Oregon State this year, his junior season. He also will fit into the Mets system nicely. This is because the Mets have a hitting philosophy which is based on being patient, and Conforto drew a single-season school record of 55 walks. Continue reading →
2014 will be an historical year for MLB revenue as it is quite possible revenues will hit 9 Billion dollars. That’s Billion with a B folks. Last year 2013 was a record breaking year by MLB breaking 8 Billion dollars. This year will be another huge jump. What is amazing is this is not the economy of the booming mid to late 90’s. But like many forms of entertainment business is booming.
Back in the day when I was growing up teams use to focus on attendance and getting people to the ballpark as a main source of income. Well times have changed. MLB with their national TV contracts with ESPN, FOX and TBS bring in 1.5 Billion combined from those 3 networks with their recent deals. Those revenues in baseball are split evenly among the 30 clubs so that’s 50 Million dollars per club per year. In addition MLB has grown their Digital Rights arm of the business substantial over the last number of years. This brought in 620 Million worth of revenue in 2012. That’s a little over 20 Million per club per year (again these revenues shared equally among the clubs) and I am sure there was an increase in 2013.
The Cleveland Indians made their first relatively big splash into the free agent market on Sunday, signing Outfielder David Murphy to a 2-year contract with a club option for a third year.
The Indians hope the 31-year old Murphy can return to form after batting a career low .220 that enabled an awful .656 OPS in 476 plate appearances for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers declined to give Murphy a qualifying one year deal at the end of the season, effectively ending Murphy’s seven year tenure in Arlington.
The signing helps fill a hole in the Indians outfield where he will likely platoon with Ryan Raburn, who re-signed with the Indians for two more seasons after a successful 2013 campaign in a part time role.
Murphy has an impressive career .816 OPS against right-handed pitching, making him a great complement to the right-handed hitting Raburn.
The 8-year MLB veteran had a career year in 2012, hitting .304 with 15 homers and 61 RBI, helping the Rangers to their second straight World Series appearance. He has experience at all three outfield positions but will likely see the most time in the corner spots, where he’s seen time in 705 career games. Continue reading →