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SBD/November 13, 2013/Franchises
Steinbrenner Reasserts Vow To Keep Yankees Payroll Down At GM Meetings
Published November 13, 2013
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN....: Mets GM Sandy Alderson has made it clear he will not sign a single free agent to a nine-figure contract this offseason, and the N.Y. Daily News' John Harper noting, "This is not the winter to do it" because of the lack of high-profile free agents. Harper: "Even if you have a philosophy about not signing a player for $100 million, why say it? Why not just say, 'We're going to wait and see where negotiations take us.' You're already sending out the message that, 'We don't really have that much money, we're looking to bargain shop,' that type of thing." The N.Y. Daily News' Bruce Murray said this is "not an offseason where there are so many great guys that you'd want to throw $100 million contracts at." However, when team officials promise fans a "certain understanding (of spending), don't say it, just play the game of public relations." Murray said Alderson is "volunteering information that nobody's really asked about." The N.Y. Daily News' Bob Raissman said, "When you promise something but your ownership may be whispering in your ear about something else, you juggle the balls. I think that's what (Alderson) is doing. This guy's a master of double-talk" ("Daily News Live," SNY, 11/12). SNY's Adam Schein said Alderson needs to stop joking about him being "upstairs stacking five-dollar bills." Schein: "Does he understand that Mets fans expect him to spend? They've seen the Mets not spend. You can't make those jokes with the product on the field over the last few years." SNY's Eamon McAnaney said Alderson "just comes across as tone-deaf to the Mets situation, to the Mets fan base" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 11/12).