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Mets' Alderson Downplays Importance Of Payroll During Q&A With Season-Tix Holders

Alderson said simply writing big checks is not the only formula to winning
Mets GM Sandy Alderson held a Q&A with season-ticket holders before Saturday's loss to the Padres, at "a time when his moves, the praised as well as the panned, are failing miserably, raising more and more questions about whether his promise of a brighter future for the Mets will ever get here," according to John Harper of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Alderson "reiterated that promise" as he, manager Terry Collins and three Mets players "answered questions from a few hundred invited season-ticket holders in the seats at Citi Field." Alderson said, "I really do believe we are close." But Harper wrote Mets fans "have every right to be fed up," as '14 is the "fourth year of the Alderson regime." Still, the frustrated fans were "respectful of Alderson" during the Q&A session (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/15). On Long Island, David Lennon wrote Alderson should look at the team "from the fans' standpoint." Lennon: "Would you be happy paying BMW prices to putter around in a Ford Fiesta?" Alderson "stressed that constructing a winner is not as simple as writing bigger checks." He said to the fans, "It's not up to you to come and create a situation where we can improve our payroll." Lennon noted the Mets are operating with a payroll of about $85M, and it is "far too early to predict what it will be" next season. But "sinking attendance figures and slipping revenue don't usually embolden teams to open their wallets." Alderson's plan is "in its fourth year and the Mets are on pace for yet another 70-something-win season." He "wisely held off on making any promises for next season." Lennon: "How could he? His contract is up at the end of this year" (NEWSDAY, 6/15).
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