13) NY Mets worst free agent signing: Moises Alou
The deal with Moises Alou is a strange one for the Mets because of what he was able to accomplish. He still has the franchise’s longest hitting streak. In his 102 games with the team, he managed to hit a rather fantastic .342/.391/.507.
So what’s to dislike?
Alou played 87 games in 2007 and only another 15 in 2008. They were his age 40 and 41 campaigns. You probably already have a picture as to why this is considered a bad free agent deal.
The contract was a two-year deal worth $15 million. This might seem a little light by today’s standard. However, back then, it was actually far more lucrative. Add in that Alou played only 98 games the season prior with the San Francisco Giants and we have to begin to question what the Mets were thinking to invest as much as they did into an aging outfielder.
Alou was successful with the Mets but it was a drastic overpay from the start. If he had stayed healthy, Alou would have been a wonderful story for the Mets. Maybe he even helps the team avoid collapse in those two seasons. Instead, he was a bad signing for a team that should have known better.