Led by their trio of young aces (and Babe Ruth/Daniel Murphy), the New York Mets are back in the World Series for the first time since the 2000 Subway Series. I’ve long held the belief that the real key to Moneyball is developing young, power arms. The Oakland Athletics teams that are beloved by sabermetricians go nowhere without Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder. We may never have gotten to see Chris Pratt play Scott Hatteberg without the Big Three. Same goes for the Mets. Without Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets are at home watching the playoffs, and Matt Williams may still have a job with the Washington Nationals.
The Mets have Harvey under team control through the end of the 2018 season, de Grom through 2020, and Syndergaard is still a rookie. This trio went a combined 36-23 with a 2.80 ERA. They are already 6-1 in the postseason. For their efforts, Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard earned less than $1.6 million in 2015. That’s roughly 11 innings from Clayton Kershaw. Harvey will be free of team control the earliest, but should the Mets begin considering extending their young studs on team-friendly deals that will eat up arbitration and possibly the first few years of free agency?