Yesterday Mets C.O.O took time out from a honorable deed – serving the victims of hurricane Sandy at the United Methodist Church in Far Rockaway to talk to the press about the status of contract negotiations with Mets stars David Wright and R.A Dickey. And here is what he had to say.
“We hope to have a resolution,” Wilpon said. “And you know what? Part of that resolution might be that we get deals done with both of them or one of them. Part of that might be that they both come back and play for us next year. They’re both under contract. This is not a free-agent situation. This is not an arbitration situation. They’re both under contract. We have all the flexibility in the world with that.
“Or Sandy [Alderson] could decide that, gee, we trade one or both of them. That’s not where we’re at. Right now the process is ongoing. And I think that’s the best way to characterize it.”
Note to Jeff, I know this is pretty much posturing and trying to send veiled messages to both Wright and Dickey’s agents. I expect that you know that your “Q” rating is not high amongst Mets fans, and by your talking about these contract talks you make a beleaguered fan base more disenfranchised. When you make these comments you come across as “meddling” and that Sandy Alderson doesn’t have “total autonomy” when negotiating contracts . Trust me I think it would do all parties here ( except for the media that is) a favor by just referring all questions that are related to the rebuilding of this team to Alderson.
Just remember what former Mets co-owner, Nelson once said about Jeff Wilpon.
“Mr Jeff Wilpon has decided that he’s going to learn how to run a baseball team and take over at the end of the year…. Run for the hills boys I think probably all those baseball people will bail …. Jeff sits there by himself like he’s King Tut waiting for his camel.”
So far it seems like Mr. Doubleday may have been on to something.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets hitting coach from ’92-’96, Tom McCraw is 71 (1941).
Utility infielder from ’80 ( and again in ’87) Bill Almon is 60 (1952).
Shortstop from the ’92 season, Dick Schofield is 50 (1962).
Middle reliever from the ’99 season, Dan Murray is 39 (1973).
The New York Mets signed free agent starter/reliever, Tom Hausman of the Milwaukee Brewers on November 21, 1977. This was the Mets very first foray into free agency. I think M.Donald Grant and his “puppet G.M.” , Joe McDonald could have done better.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed spot starter/middle reliever, Andy Hassler of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 21, 1979.
The Oakland Athletics signed spot starter/middle reliever, Dave Telgheder of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 21, 1995.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Steve Bieser of the Montreal Expos on November 21, 1996.
Mo Vaughn rarely ever speaks in public. This is probably because his mouth is always full of food !!!!