Sandy Alderson spoke to beat writers today and his message was that the Mets 2014 payroll will be more than last year’s $87 million.
“I don’t think our payroll is going to be below what we saw last year,” Alderson said. “And as far as where it will finally land, let’s defer that question until all precincts have reported.”
Alderson also said nothing has changed with regard to his offseason strategy and that the Mets are still very unlikely to add a $100 million player.
“That statement still obtains,” Alderson said. “On the other hand, we are committed to improving the team and will explore whatever possibilities arise however remote the eventual outcome.”
However… Alderson also said that he and his staff are leaning toward waiting the market out and seeing what is still left late in the offseason like they did last year.
“I do think there will be a combination of more proactivity internally as well as a willingness in some instances to wait and see whether the market changes and what’s available to us later.”
“Inevitably there will be people available later. A couple of our best signings last year were players who were available later – Marlon Byrd and LaTroy Hawkins.”
We’ll see what happens, but there are some mixed messages here…
One thing is clear, if you were expecting something significant to happen in the next few weeks, you may be in for a letdown.
I’m thinking all of November and most of December comes and goes before we see something happen.