The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Mets and gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million.
The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets.
After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
This isn’t a plan or philosophy by Sandy Alderson, it’s just smoke and mirrors and CRG helping the Wilpons hang onto the Mets which is how this story will end. In the meantime, enjoy the fall and keep telling yourself that this is all part of a grand vision that will lead to championship caliber baseball.