Sandy Alderson, my god, appeared today on Fox Business to discuss a myriad of Mets financial and offseason issues.
CLAMAN: Well, you say you’re in charge of looking at everything that’s on the field. David Wright’s on the field. Will you fight to keep him, at least?
ALDERSON: Yes, I think David’s going to be with us for a while, so I wouldn’t worry about losing David and Jose in the same year.
CLAMAN: OK. And I know it’s inside baseball, so to speak, when you talk about the players. But this all leads to big questions that come out in that movie, “Moneyball,” for example, that you can build a winning team with less expensive players. I don’t want to say cheaper, but less expensive players. Is that going to be what the Mets have to do?
ALDERSON: Well, I think, first of all, that “Moneyball” was about finding value. And whether that was finding value at lower prices, or finding value in players that command higher salaries, the same point is made. You know, we need to make good decisions with respect to players that don’t make a lot of money, but we need to make good decisions with respect to players who do.
And if we invest lots of money in high-salary players, we need to be right most of the time, just as we need to be right when we spend fewer dollars.
CLAMAN: Well, all of this money that’s thrown around tends to sometimes destabilize a team, because they don’t have enough money to actually run the operations, and people look at these loans that the Mets have taken out. And I think that there’s a fair question being thrown around, and that is are the Mets in peril of not meeting payroll?
ALDERSON: Oh, no. That’s not an issue.
CLAMAN: That is not an issue?
ALDERSON: No, absolutely…
CLAMAN: 100 percent?
CLAMAN: Is this the World Series team in 2012? Or is this a rebuilding year, as (inaudible)?
ALDERSON: Well, 2012, we won’t be favored in the National League East. The National League East is pretty stacked, and probably the toughest division in baseball at this point.
But we’re going to be fun to watch, and you know, the nice thing about baseball is that anything can happen. It’s not necessarily the highest payroll that wins. It’s very often somebody who’s put together a team, based on not just resources but also quality decisions. Teams like Tampa Bay are a good example of that, and certainly it can happen here, too.