In recent days, a number of Mets fans have taken to Twitter to remind me of a column I wrote about the team last February.
The column said that commissioner Bud Selig should persuade his friend Fred Wilpon to sell the Mets if the uncertainty about the team's finances lingered into this winter.
"One more season of this," I wrote, "and no more."
Well, that season has now passed. And uncertainty remains.
The Mets' financial picture seemingly improved last March when the team's owners settled with a trustee for Bernard Madoff's fraud victims, raised $240 million by selling 12 minority shares and paid off $65 million in debts.
But the true test for the Mets will be how they manage their payroll -- a payroll that has dropped from $149.4 million at the start of '09 to $93.3 million at the start of last season.
When will the Mets spend again? Are they in a strong enough financial position to spend again?
Such questions will linger until the Mets resume acting like a team that plays i...