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The Mets 2012 payroll is a matter of debate

May 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Sandy Alderson Citi Field

In that Sports Illustrated article we mentioned the other day, Fred Wilpon suggested that the team’s payroll is going to be slashed pretty dramatically next year, perhaps down to $100 million. Sandy Alderson spoke with the media yesterday, however, and he suggested that things may not be cut that low. More like down to $120 million or so, give or take.

Alderson did note that, obviously, there are a ton of factors in play that could affect that number including the minority investor who may or may not come on board soon, legal wrangling, what have you.  Either way around $65 million is coming off the books following this season, so you know that payroll is going down regardless, but it will be interesting to see whose vision of the team’s future — Fred Wilpon or Sandy Alderson’s — will prevail.

But hey, at least Alderson is keeping a sense of humor about it all:

“If the world had ended on Saturday, like it was supposed to we wouldn’t have to deal with these things.”

Tip your waitresses everyone, and be sure to try the veal.

  1. sdelmonte - May 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Whose vision? Einhorn’s!

  2. uyf1950 - May 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Is that comment coming from the same Sandy Alderson that this winter and spring said he didn’t think the Mets had financial difficulties when he took the job and later on didn’t he say something to the effect that any financial issues would not effect the operation of the Mets. Now we all know both of those comments weren’t accurate. What would make anyone think his latest prediction might be accurate. That’s just my opinion.

    • xnumberoneson - May 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      I don’t recall ever hearing Alderson say that he didn’t think there were financial difficulties. And he has been right so far about the financial problems not affecting the operation of the team. The payroll increased this season over last season. The fact that it will decrease next season is something he has stated since he took the job.

  3. kennylee1221 - May 26, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    payroll has nothing to do w/why the mets have wasted the last 25 seasons. They overpaid for crappy players and then use other teams higher payrolls as an excuse

    • tsi4431 - May 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      I wouldn’t say wasted. The Mets had a pretty damn good team in 1999 and 2000. As well as, 2006 – 2008 where they made it to the 2006 NLCS and missed the playoffs by one game each year after. Other then Perez and Castillo all the other “crappy” players were in there prime before the injury curse hit.
      I can’t comment on before then, I wasn’t a fan until Piazza joined.

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