If you have paid any attention to this year’s postseason, you’ve realized one thing. The amount of elite, young pitchers is unbelievable. Matt Harvey, Jacob Degrom, Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard are just a few that come to mind. Not to mention the likes of Gerrit Cole (24) and Michael Wacha (23) who’s teams have since been eliminated. When teams can assemble a rotation containing multiple young, elite pitchers, they usually are mentioned in the conversation of teams that will be great for many years to come. What most people don’t realize is the short time span that these teams are likely able to keep these starters together. Take a look at where the Mets’ phenomenal pitching rotation ranks in terms of salary cap hit.
Bartolo Colon- Ranked 32nd ($11,000,000)Matt Harvey- Ranked 120th ($614,125)
Noah Syndergaard- Ranked 164th ($410,437)
These are just four of the mets pitchers with three of them (Bartolo we still love you) being young studs being paid like duds. As you can see, these young pitchers are getting paid a fraction of what they will demand in the upcoming years. No, Matt Harvey will not be the 120th highest paid starter in the league in 3 years. So, yeah does it appear that the underpriced Mets have managed their money better than the overpaid Dodgers? On paper sure, but that is only because the Mets have more newly found gems that aren’t being paid their value because of their rookie status. It appears that the Mets outsmarted the Dodgers and other overpaid teams, but really, they are a few years away from being in the same boat.