Right fielder Marlon Byrd recently told Sandy Alderson that he would be open to returning to the Mets next season, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports. “I’ve talked to Sandy, I told him thank you for the opportunity at the beginning of the year and thank you for the opportunity to play for a winner,” Byrd said of his conversation with the Mets general manager. “I told him, ‘If you want me back, I would love […]
Here’s the latest accounting on the Mets payroll, according to the man who’s supposed to be holding all the cards. Sandy Alderson said that the Mets payroll for this past season ended up around $87-88 million. He asserts that the Mets have approximately $40 million coming off the books this winter, and they have just $25 million committed next season to David Wright and Jon Niese. Based on MLBTR estimates, the Mets will be adding […]
According to a report in the New York Post, the Mets will be looking to refinance “roughly $250 million in bank debt”. This is no doubt referring to the large note that becomes due in June of 2014, that we’ve talked and heard so much about. But thanks to the great job by Sandy Alderson, the lenders are thrilled and after huge losses in 2011 and 2012, a source told the post that the Mets […]
The Magic is Back! That was the Mets promotional slogan in the spring of 1980 after Nelson Doubleday Jr. and Fred Wilpon had purchased New York’s National League franchise. From a business standpoint, the new Met owners bought in at a perfect time. The Mets were in shambles, last place finishers in three consecutive seasons prior to the purchase. Acting on the advice of several baseball people from outside the organization, the first decision the new owners made was to hire […]
Phew, the protected pick is safe! That’s some great managing by Terry Collins – now the Mets won’t lose a draft choice when they make the big run on free agents and true major league talent that has always been promised for the historic winter of 2013-14. Scott Atchison, who I still maintain looks great for 57, helped assuage the fears of those fans who still have faith in what this front actually says. They […]
Warning !! What you are about to see is an exercise in futility. What if Johan Santana didn’t blow out his surgically repaired shoulder again during Spring Training ? What if Shaun Marcum pitched anywhere near the numbers on the back of his baseball card ? What if Matt Harvey didn’t injure his elbow – possibly requiring Tommy John Surgery ? What if David Wright didn’t tweak his hamstring and missed seven weeks of the […]
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is not as concerned about the protected draft pick as much as he is about rebuilding the credibility of the franchise. “I don’t view the draft-pick situation as relevant to what we’re doing here,” Alderson said. “We’re trying to build the credibility of the franchise and that goes beyond where we’re picking in the draft.” Those sentiments certainly will turn the stomachs of a […]
After last night’s 3-2 loss to the Reds, the Mets remain in a four-way tie for the eighth worst record. The teams with the 10 worst records get their first round picks protected in the 2014 Draft. If it comes down to a tie breaker to determine the ten worst teams, the higher draft pick goes to the team that finished with a lower winning percentage in the previous season. Regardless if the pick is protected or […]
It was the most important game of the year. If the Mets wanted to make the post-season they needed to win. There was no tomorrow. I prepared myself: A Coke, a handful of pretzels, a fresh pack of cigarettes, my Mets cap, my lucky Mets shirt. And before I even got comfortable, it was over. A lead-off walk, a single, another single, a double, yet another single, another walk, still another base hit, a hit batsmen just […]
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