No. 1 giant whiff from Arte Moreno before MLB lockout: Max Scherzer
And Scherzer was interested in us, too. He wanted to go to a west coast team at the deadline, and he really liked the Los Angeles area.
At the end of the day, the Mets offered him an insane $130 million over three years. That's over $43.3 million per year in average annual value, which is crazy.
The Angels weren't able to match that. As much as I bring up how Moreno has lots and lots of money and can spend at a high level, I can't knock him for not being able to get a deal done at that price. If he did, I doubt he re-signs Raisel Iglesias, who was important to bring back.
In a perfect world, we would have been able to negotiate with him and see him taking interest in coming across the freeway. Instead, he took interest in coming across the country.
With all this being said, however, this offseason is still not over. The lockout will eventually be done with, and we'll be able to improve and make up for missed opportunities. There are still good free agents available, and we have plenty of money left to spend.