In a video taken by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Wilpon touched on a variety of topics related to payroll and the aggressiveness of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
When asked about payroll, Wilpon said “It’s absolutely opened up, and Brodie understand the parameters that we are working within.”
Then when asked about the possible insurance settlement with David Wright, “We are having ongoing conversations…the biggest thing is to see if we can work something out where he can come off the roster so we can save another player.”
Wright, is still on the Mets 40-man roster, which is currently sitting at 36 players after the Cano and Diaz trade was finalized.
When Wilpon was further asked about the insurance money of Wright (and Yoenis Cespedes) being reinvested, “some of that will go back into payroll, certainly.”
Wilpon also talked about urgency of getting the Diaz/Cano trade done, saying that the part of the reason for doing the deal now was blocking Diaz from going to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lastly, Wilpon talked about how the deal improved the Mets in the short-term, commenting that the Mets analytical team now has their projected win total for the 2019 season in the high 80s.