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It was just about a full year ago that I envisioned better things on the horizon for the Mets. I thought the team’s finances would stabilize. I thought Sandy Alderson would be somewhat freer to make marked improvements to the product on the field. I thought the kids ripening on the farms would be ready to contribute – either at Citi Field or as trade fodder. I thought I’d feel better about the Mets this Christmas than I did last Christmas.
I was wrong. And I was right.
Over these previous twelve months, the Wilponian finances have, indeed, become stable. As I’ve said before, “zero” is a stable number. And the farm system has produced some valuable parts: Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Collin McHugh, Robert Carson and Josh Edgin showed some talent and makeup enough to possibly stick out of spring training, 2013. I’m thrilled that David Wright will now most likely finish his career as a New York Met: his new extension takes him through his age 38 season and he’s made it ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The words seared into my consciousness.
I previously defended Sandy Alderson, thinking as a hired gun his job was to pare payroll and ease the Mets’ financial strain, which he did.
However, there is no defending what he said yesterday at the Mets’ Annual Christmas party, one where they asked R.A. Dickey to dress as an elf.
I usually applaud honesty, but this time it would have...
I can point you toward a dozen or more different quotes by David Wright who said that “winning” would be more important than “money” when he decided whether or not he would sign an extension to remain with the Mets.
During his press conference in Nashville at the Winter Meetings, Wright was asked about that and he responded by saying he saw “the plan” and that he’s...
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York caught up with Sandy Alderson this morning at Citi Field who told him that the 2013 Opening Day roster will closely resemble the one at the end of 2012.
Rubin speculates that minus Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Kelly Shoppach, Andres Torres and possibly Scott Hairston, things are going to look very similar, a fact that even GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged...
The Mets have just released the details of David Wright’s eight-year, $143 million dollar contract. The breakdown is as follows:
2013: $11M ($3.0M deferred)
2014: $20M ($2.5M deferred)
2015: $20M ($2.5M deferred)
2016: $20M ($2.5M deferred)
2017: $20M ($2.5M deferred)
2018: $20M ($2.5M deferred)
First-time MVP: $500,000 ($200...
The Mets hold an annual Christmas party for charity, where they invite both players and members of the media. This is usually a win-win-win situation. Obviously, the charities win. The Mets win by getting publicity in late December that they otherwise would not receive. And the fans win because reporters get access to players and pass along some first-hand information. But this year’s...
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expects the 2013 roster to be very similar to “the way it did at the end of last year,” saying:
“I would expect the roster will look similar to the way it did at the end of last year — with some exceptions. It’s hard to speculate. When you think about it, the trade market, signing free...
A “New York minute” is a phrase to describe an increibly brief moment of time. Or as Johnny Carson once explained, it’s the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn. Right now, Mets fans are wondering why Sandy Alderson doesn’t fix all of the team’s problems in a New York minute.
Of course, Alderson brought some...
Just in case you haven’t noticed, the Mets signed David Wright to an eight-year contract extension.
Also a friendly reminder, David Wright is a third baseman.
The Mets also have a guy named Ike Davis, who despite a slow start in 2012 managed to club 32 home runs.
Davis plays first base and is just 25 years old just so you know.
Of course, as Mets fan, you know all this...
You can mark it on your calendar. December 11th, 2012 is the day Sandy Alderson officially abused the trust of Mets fans for the final time. Yes, I’m well aware that there are plenty of you out there that saw this coming. I’ve heard from many of you, previously convinced that the team’s front office had hidden agendas. However, the fact remains that Alderson’s on...
It’s really hard to believe, but the Mets have gotten worse this off-season. They haven’t done anything to improve on their 2012 season. In fact, they lost a couple of players that helped them to their mediocre performance in 2012.
There was a reason why the Mets waited until the Winter Meetings to sign David Wright to his extension, and have him stroll into that press conference...
R.A. Dickey and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can agree on one thing - they would prefer to have closure before opening day.
The Cy Young Award winner can become a free agent after the 2013 season and says he won't negotiate once it starts, so the Mets probably have to sign him to an extension or trade him to get the best return.
Dickey says it ''would be disappointing...
There appears to be a gap between how the Mets value R.A. Dickey and how other teams value him. Hey, that’s how the game is played. Now, with Shields and Greinke gone, the Mets would appear to be in a stronger position.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has asked for such a large package of prospects that some executives have wondered how serious he is about trading him.
A day after Dickey upset team brass by using a holiday party at Citi Field as a forum to voice his displeasure with recent contract negotiations, the two sides remained in limbo yesterday on the knuckleballer’s future according to Mike Puma of the Post.
Puma is also hearing that the expectation around the game is that the Mets will try to resolve the situation by the end of this...