It is funny how when a person spouts a hypothetical figure it is automatically is taken as truth. No matter whether it is on television, radio, the print media or the blogosphere , all I am reading tis that after all the raises and their salary adjustments through arbitration ( or the avoidance of it) the Mets will have only a measly five million dollars to spend on importing new free agent talent. All I can say is – ” Where did this person get this arbitrary number from ? The mouth of Sandy Alderson ? The Ozone ? His ass ? ” All I know is that I have never heard Sandy Alderson make any mention of the amount of money he was either allowed or able to spend. Last years Mets payroll was estimated to be anywhere in the ballpark of 129- 140 million dollars. From my estimations, with the departure of guys like Takahashi, Valdes, Dessens and the ever popular Jeff Francouer, the Mets have saved about seven million dollars there, and if they decide to non tender John Maine – that’s another two to three million dollars saved. Yes the Mets more than likely hemorrhaged money last season because the fans stayed away in droves after the west coast meltdown that August. But the Mets are hardly destitute. They still have the cash cow known as SNY, and I am sure that even if the Mets were cutting payroll intentionally they would still allow Alderson to open the vaults that are hidden behind the Shake Shack so that he could obtain a moderately priced free agent. There have been reports that the Mets are negotiating with pitcher Chris Young on a one year incentive laden contract. But the Mets are not the only team offering him a contract. I am sure that if Alderson really wants Young that badly he will be willing to up his offer to (hypothetically) three million dollars plus goals that would unlock some nice monetary incentives. So if this is the case and then the Mets have only two million dollars to spend on a reserve catcher and bullpen what is he going to do? That’s why I have the feeling that the Mets more than likely have budgeted about 10 – 15 million dollars for free agent acquisitions. This number seems a lot more logical since the Mets have alot of holes to fill, and the going after the bottom of the barrel players will not make the Mets fans return to Citi Field en masse.
So the Mets only have five million dollars to spend on free agents this entire off season ? I’ll believe it when I see it !!!
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
One of the most beloved Mets from the dark years of the late ’70′s to early ’80′s, pitcher Craig Swan is 60 (1950). You just have to wonder if he had a better defense behind him along with some run support how dominant of a pitcher he could have been.
Mets pitcher from ’78-’80, Juan Berenguer is 56 (1954).
Mets bullpen coach from ’01-’02 Dave Engle is 54 (1956).
Reserve outfielder from the ’01 team, Matt Lawton is 39 (1971) . The Mets traded the very popular Rick Reed for him, but Lawton ) brother of one time Mets prospect Marcus Lawton) never panned out and was soon traded.
New York Yankees drafted outfielder, Duke Carmel from the Mets on November 30, 1964.
New York Mets traded outfielder, Joe Christopher to the Boston Red Sox for utility infielder, Ed Bressoud on November 30, 1965.
New York Mets released pitcher, Ralph Terry on November 30, 1966.
Washington Senators drafted Joe Foy from the Mets on November 30, 1970. And so Foy’s brief , yet tumultuous career with the Mets had ended.
New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Dave Marshall to the San Diego Padres for pitcher, Al Severinsen on November 30, 1972. Severinsen would never pitch a game for the Mets.
New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Elliott Maddox of the Baltimore Orioles on November 30, 1977. Maddox would be one of the most popular Mets of the ’78 team.
New York Mets traded second baseman ( and later on admitted to being a steroid cheat), Fernando Vina and Javier Gonzales to the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever, Doug Henry on November 30, 1994.
Baltimore Orioles signed submarine throwing reliever, Chad Bradford of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 30, 2006. Mets fans everywhere wish he was still wearing the orange and blue.
New York Mets traded the once highly coveted outfield prospect who would turn into a problem child of sorts , Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for mediocre outfielder, Ryan Church and servicable catcher,Brian Schneider on November 30, 2007. When this trade was made I considered it a wash, but after some time had passed and the Nationals flipped Lastings for Nijer Morgan well it seems like the Nationals came out a whole lot better than the Mets did.
New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder, Argenis Reyes on November 30, 2007.
And while you sit home tearing your hair out wondering how you are going to get your hands on a Flatulence Elmo doll for your kids this Holiday season, just remember, there are just 122 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 129 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is going to market his line of mens wear. He is is calling is Mo Of Mo’s !