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Meet The Mets: Wilpon Says Team Finances Are Improving, Might Expand Payroll
Published February 14, 2013
MONEY FOR NOTHING? In N.Y., Ken Davidoff writes, "We will believe the Mets are once again a big-market team only when we see it." And if "we don’t see it, then we will be free to question once more whether Wilpon should be running one of baseball’s jewel franchises." The Mets "owe it to themselves and to their fans to seriously engage" in the free-agent market after the '13 season. Davidoff: "For real. No conditional discussions. Bona fide, big-time, market-appropriate offers" (N.Y. POST, 2/14). SportsNet N.Y.'s Jonas Schwartz said, “Nobody is saying you have to spend money stupidly. But if you’re going to say you have the money now, don’t you have to have a payroll that somewhat reflects the market that you’re in?” The N.Y. Daily News’ Bruce Murray said, “You got to invest first expecting (fans) to show up later.” The N.Y. Daily News’ Bob Raissman: “I don’t see the payroll right now in the short-term being the issue (but) going forward, I do” (“Daily News Live,” SportsNet N.Y., 2/13).
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: The Mets, who have not had a winning season since '08, had a relatively quiet offseason outside of signing 3B David Wright to an eight-year, $138M extension. N.Y. Daily News’ Pat Leonard said Wilpon and Alderson “seem to be on the same page with the fact that this is a long-term thing” ("Daily News Live," SportsNet N.Y., 2/13). But SportsNet N.Y.’s Sal Licata asked, “What is the plan exactly? Because to me, it sounds like hope and waiting and I’m tired of waiting” (“The Wheelhouse,” SportsNet N.Y., 2/13). Mets Special Assistant to the GM J.P. Ricciardi said, "The club has not been good for a couple of years, and I think you're trying to tell people to be patient. No one has patience in any city in the world today” (“Clubhouse Confidential,” MLB Network, 2/13).