Bob Klapisch has made a nice career for himself in being a seasoned and professional Met-basher. He does, however, unlike some of his colleagues in this burgeoning cottage industry, indeed have some serious credibility.
A new column of his does seem to–once again–throw buckets of icy cold water on the credibility of Fred Wilpon and his recent claims of newfound solvency:
Many of us have indeed felt that many of the points in this piece have been the clear reality for a while now and that not much has really changed. Wright was signed to placate the casual fan and sell shirts, Dickey was traded due to being too expensive, Bay was cut when he was because he agreed to defer money, and in all likelihood the Bourn interest was a complete charade.
Yes, Bay’s absence is a fine thing, and yes, the return for Dickey could turn into a bonanza, and yes, the Marcum signing was a nice surprise, but overall, the optimism may be a case of too much too soon.
Many do not fully comprehend the magnitude of the debt in the coming years; if Klapisch’s numbers are accurate, this is daunting and could most definitely (once again) prevent the team from spending much of the money “coming off the books” as fans have been indulging illusory hopes of for years now. When one factors in Wright’s exorbitant contract, much new spending–barring a very unlikely run at the postseason in 2013 and the attendant increase in revenue–remains highly unlikely.
From WFAN false promises to the claim that Madoff would not affect the team to “We’re buyers” the Wilpons and Alderson have been lying to the fan base for years. Is it that unreasonable to believe that Fred is, for lack of his deserving a more erudite phrase, completely full of it?
It is March 1 and hopes abound at this time of year, but Johan and Marcum’s removal from their spring schedules and the play of the potential OF have already given reason for concern.
What to think? Are we on course for .500+ with a great rotation in 2014? Do we have a future star C in d’Arnaud? Are we a few pieces away from being seriously relevant again?
Or is this all springtime delusion?
Let us know what YOU think!