Fantastic, relatively low-risk signing by the Mets. Alou's incredibly old, but he can still really hit - he's quietly put up at least a .900 OPS in each of the last three seasons. He's slowed down some over the years, but with Carlos Beltran in center, the Mets can afford to play a statue in a corner. The Mets also get an option year. In this market, this is a ridiculously good deal. There is, of course, a chance that Alou will suddenly decline or be injured the whole year, but there's also a good chance he puts up another .900 OPS for what is, for this market, next to nothing.