Found December 30, 2011 on Mets Fever:
As the year comes to a close I think its safe to say that 2011, much like the four years before it, will go down in the history books as a year most Mets fans would like to forget. The Mets entered the year in the midst of a total front office overhaul. New general manager, Sandy Alderson, hired Terry Collins to lead a relatively unchanged roster into the year surrounded by questions concerning the team's finances. After what some would describe as a promising first half of the season, the team mustered only a 77-85 record, finishing fourth in the NL East and well removed from playoff contention. The highlight of the year was undoubtedly Jose Reyes' somewhat controversial batting title, the first in team history.The end of the season brought with it the anxiety filled months that lead up to the departure of said batting champ, Jose Reyes, who took his proverbial talents to the Marlins as a free agent. Adding to their woes, financial restrictions have continued to handcu...

The Reyes and Pujols Contracts

I found it very interesting how creative both sides were in constructing the contracts for Jose Reyes and the Marlins, and Albert Pujols and the Angels.. Both players got huge deals, but each one took less money up front to help their teams in the next two years. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Pujols’ 10-year contract was back loaded so that the Halos could afford to sign...

The New York Mets are Not Impressed with R. A. Dickey's Adventurous Offseason Plans

Most of the time, when people have enough moxie to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, they are commended for their bravery and ambition. However, when these people are major league ballplayers expected to stay healthy at least until Spring Training, it is considered a no-no. The New York Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson were troubled by the news of one of their relievers having...

Standard & Poor’s Downgrade Mets Rating Outlook

According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes, Citi Field had its rating outlook downgraded to negative by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today. The Mets and SportsNet New York, the regional sports network that is 65% owned by the MLB team, have almost $900 million of debt coming due on the two properties by 2015. In addition, the Mets, who lost $70 million after debt payments...

No Bread, So How About Some Circuses?

I don’t think the 2012 Mets will be as bad as most people seem to think … but that’s not the same thing as thinking the 2012 Mets will actually be good. I’ll think they’ll be mediocre, with a relatively robust offense but too many No. 4 starters in the rotation and too many improved teams in the National League East. And like a lot of mediocre teams, I think we’ll only...

Mets 2011 in Review

Ollie and Louie get the boot Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo were owed a combined $18 million for 2011, but that didn’t stop general manager Sandy Alderson from dumping both in spring training, if for no other reason than attempting to placate an irate fan base. Perez and Castillo...


Time for a stream of semi-consciousness not all of it Mets related : I’m as upset as most Mets fans with the inactivity so far by the front office in procurement of players but when you look at the list of free agents still available I’m hoping its Sandy Alderson playing the supply and demand game and not the We’re broke game.  There are still some good players and some serviceable...
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