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Alderson: 2014 will be “a new day” for the Mets

Nov 16, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Sandy Alderson AP

Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently said he won’t target players expected to take home a nine-figure contract, like Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, but he did state that the 2014 season will be “a new day” for the franchise. Newsday’s Marc Carig writes that Alderson spent 45 minutes on the radio, between WFAN and ESPN New York, reassuring fans that the team will have an active off-season, especially compared to their dormant winter following the 2012 season.

“No,” Alderson said of skimping on players. “No way. Why would we want to do that? I’ve got to watch all those games too, you know.”

The Mets are reportedly seeking a veteran to lead the rotation and another veteran to slot into the back of the bullpen, as well as a shortstop and a corner outfielder to take the place of Lucas Duda when he takes over first base full-time. They have also explored the possibility of trading Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy.

After opening up the 2009 season with a payroll approaching $150 million, poor play from the team and the Madoff scandal forced them to cut it down to $93-94 million over the past two seasons. Additionally, they were paying off the end of the Johan Santana and Jason Bay contracts, reducing their flexibility even further, but both are off the books now.

  1. chill1184 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Dont forget to add that Commrade Selig’s cronyism of allowing Wilpon to continue to own the team despite having no problem throwing out the McCourts which in turn keeps the team in a financial limbo.

    Of course this also applies to Loria as well

    Aside from that, while I believe Alderson will do the right thing my general rule is talk is cheap. Show me something

    • longtimefan1 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      That’s an apples and oranges comparison Wilpon detractors love to make.

      The McCourts were using huge sums of team money to fund their lavish lifestyle, and earmarked for their divorce at same time they had to repeatedly engage in last minute borrowing to meet payroll.

      The Texas Rangers also lost their team on the heels of similar payroll problems.

      The Mets always had payroll money set aside well in advance, meeting payroll obligations was not a problem.

      Their financial struggles stemmed from a bogus 1 billion dollar lawsuit levied against them, victimized once by Madoff and then a second by Irving Picard trying to fleece them dry as he tried others.

      • dparker713 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:29 AM

        You’re kidding with this comment, right?

        The Mets needed to secure a loan from MLB to ensure they could meet basic team expenses, like payroll.

        The Mets COO’s salary is essentially an allowance to an incompetent son.

        No one knows how entangled the Wilpons’ other businesses are with the Mets themselves or how much they’ve drained the teams coffers.

        BTW, you know one of the enticements they used to secure minority investors? They gave each of them a luxury box, i.e. a source of team revenue going directly to the ownership. Well, seeing how empty Citi is, it probably wasn’t a viable revenue stream anyway.

        The lawsuit was not bogus. In fact, Picard settled because he saw how utterly broke the Wilpons were and took what he could get when he could get it.

        The Wilpons owe $250 against the team in June, another $600 million or so against SNY in 2015, and that doesn’t include the debt on CitiField. Sorry, but their financial struggles have next to nothing to due with the lawsuit. And you dont get bridge loans in the tens of millions to deal with a potential lawsuit loss sometime in future.

      • barrywhererufrom - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

        Bogus? The wilpons are highly leveraged with debt. They needed a cash stream to finance their new stadium. So when you think about it citifield is the house that bernie built. Seriously freds relationship with selig saved him from having the same.fate as.mccourt. Finally the bogus cases that settle for millions of dollars are as rare as.a mets.championship

      • chill1184 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        dparker pretty much just destroyed your argument. In addition you honestly think that any other big market team owner would’ve gotten the life lines that Wilpon got? The answer is no. McCourt never got any of those chances in order to cling to the Dodgers.

        If it wasn’t for the divorce between him and his wife, he probably still would be owner of the Dodgers since the divorce opened up the financial books for the world to see. With the relationship between Selig and McCourt bad from the beginning, Selig was more than happy to toss McCourt to the curb. Fred relationship with Selig, silence from the rest of the MLB owners and an hack, bias and spineless media keeps him as owner.

        How anyone can still defend Wilpon unless your a scumbag, welfare parasite, ghetto trash Yankees fan, or a Braves, Phillies, Nationals, Marlins or Cardinals fan is beyond me.

  2. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    2014 would be a new YEAR for the Mets… and no it won’t. :)

    • Old Gator - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Well, you obviously haven’t read One Hundred Years of Solitude or seen Groundhog Day. But it will be different – Matt Harvey won’t be there.

  3. cackalackyank - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    If the new day in question is “Ground Hog Day” then he may be right. If it is true that they will not offer any $100 mil type contracts this off season they won’t be adding anyone likely to change their fortunes.

  4. jagoffs - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM


  5. longtimefan1 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    As for Alderson, talk is cheap. That’s all he’s done since he got here, lie after lie.

  6. kev86 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Wilpons must go. Mets are doomed until they no longer own the team. I’ll still root for the players but our ownership is a total disgrace.

  7. mtr75 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    The Jason Bay contract IS NOT OFF THE BOOKS. Read that agin and get it through your heads. $15-16 million of it was deferred. The Mets counted it against last season to make the payroll look higher than it was (they were paying him $5 million and counting $20+ for the payroll) and now they’re saying the money is off the books and counting the $15 million deferred in this year’s payroll. The Mets, just like their buddy Bernie, aren’t keeping honest books. This is common knowledge, I don’t know how you could be writing for a major baseball media outlet ad not know this.

  8. dukepatrol - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Who knows the real story behind the finances? The only thing that should matter is that they spend the money that is off the books to improve the team. I wouldn’t give Chu or JE 100mil. They are not worth it. What really upsets me is this Lucas Duda to first base crap. Not only shouldn’t he be their first baseman but I question his major league ability. Also D’arneau better show something at the plate. They gave up RA Dickey for that pathetic performance last year?

    • mtr75 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      The Mets gave up Dickey for d’Arnaud’s next 10 years. Remember, they also got Noah Syndegaard in that deal. And the Bay money is not off the Nooks any more than the Bonilla money is. Just a shell game by the Wilpoons.

      • mtr75 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Off the books. BOOKS. $&!@ing ipad.

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