This morning The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa wrote an article “Payroll Picture Is Still Blurry” which highlights the unwillingness of the Mets ownership and Front office to discuss what the future payroll is going to be.
What’s that old saying? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck or is it if it looks broke and acts broke, then it must be broke? THEY ARE BROKE! Why are people even asking about it anymore? The Wilpon’s needed to sell shares of the team to pay off a MLB loan, a Bank of America Bridge Loan and to pay other outstanding expenditures. If they lost 70 million last year, and attendance goes lower, it doesn’t sound like they did anything to increase revenue this year, does it? Sure payroll was decreased by 50 million, but that sounds like treading water at best to me.
At this point I have no desire to let Sandy off the hook either. I have no problem with him not wanting to answer the number question right now. Remember last year? First he said 120, then, 110, then 100… The number wouldn’t stick most likely due to the outlook getting worse and worse and they needed to revise their austerity measures. Where I do blame him is there was complete inaction in attempting to make the team better at the trade deadline. I still cannot believe one move couldn’t have been made to help the bullpen out, or make a change to the outfield. Yes, there are too many holes to fix at one time, but at some point the team needs to move forward or it will continue to move back.
Now let’s look at the current payroll and next year’s obligations. Currently payroll is about 94.5 million. Next season by filling out a team with the same infield, Thole at C, Bay in OF, Harvey Niese Dickey Santana in the rotation and Francisco Parnell Edgin in the pen, you are looking at a 75 million dollar payroll. So the team will need to add about 13 more players to the active roster. I am sure many slots will be filled with the Duda and Valdespin types at a minimum salary, but it looks like if payroll is not increased that there is a max of 15 million that the team can invest in free agency. Now add the “what if’s” like Wright and Dickey being extended or restructured. The picture is looking grim folks. Unless the Wilpon’s make a decision to take on more losses to invest in the team, next season looks to be another year of holding on. As a hardcore fan I will hold on, but I will also hold onto my money and save it for a better product and we already see that the casual fans have done the same.
Payroll Picture Is Still Blurry by Brian Costa: