Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported today that the Mets are one of five teams waving the white flag. Here is the segment he wrote on the Mets…
The Mets’ payroll has dropped roughly $50 million since this time last year. They lost popular shortstop Jose Reyes because they weren’t able to match the Marlins’ offer — a notion that would have seemed absurd two years ago. Sandy Alderson, the general manager, told reporters in December that the franchise had an operating loss of $70 million last year.
The Mets are doing business in a manner uncommon for a New York baseball franchise. And with Bernard Madoff litigation still pending, there’s no foreseeable end to the ownership’s cash shortage.
Yes, this is a lousy time to be a Mets fan. The Marlins and Nationals did more to upgrade their rosters this offseason, while the Phillies and Braves return most of the players who helped them win 102 and 89 games, respectively. The Mets suffered 85 defeats in 2011 and responded by signing closer Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract.
It seems that every team in the National League East is getting better — except the Mets.
“It’s a perception,” Alderson acknowledged Sunday. “But I don’t think anybody in the division could add any more talent to their roster than we can. We’re talking about adding Johan Santana. We’re talking about adding Ike Davis. Daniel Murphy was the fifth-leading hitter in the league when he went out with his injury. David Wright missed two months. [All are expected to be full participants in spring training.] We’ve substantially improved our bullpen.
“So, did we add talent? I think we did, the fact that we didn’t sign someone for $100 million notwithstanding. … It’s an uphill battle getting that message across.”
The Mets’ payroll should be around $90 million this year. Alderson pointed out that there are some “misconceptions” about how far that figure has dropped in recent months; he said the on-field payroll is close to what it was at the end of the 2011 season — after Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez were gone.
However one adds up the salaries, the Mets face a daunting task. They must contend with a division that Alderson said “rivals the American League East” in its competitive depth. The Mets’ best hope for a .500 season involves Santana, Wright and Jason Bay reviving their careers in the same year. If that doesn’t come to pass, they could finish last for the first time since Steve Trachsel was their No. 1 starter.
A little over the top?
I certainly think so. This goes to what I wrote about last week about the lack of journalistic integrity and this all out war that’s been declared on Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins, David Wright, etc.
If he’s a Met, he’s fair game. Shoot first, ask questions later…