Found December 19, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal writes today, that while the Mets have operated like a typical big-market team for years, their payroll is shrinking to a degree that is almost unprecedented within the industry, at least in this millennium. General manager Sandy Alderson said recently that he expects the payroll for 2012 to come in at around $100 million and could even be slightly less than that. A $100 million payroll would represent a $43 million cut from the Mets’ Opening Day payroll in 2011. Since 2000, only two other teams have cut payroll by a higher amount from one year to the next, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, an online clearinghouse for player-salary data. Between 2003 and 2004, the Texas Rangers lowered their payroll from $103 million to $55 million, a $48 million cut. And between 2005 and 2006, the Florida Marlins slashed their payroll from $60 million to $15 million, a $45 million decrease. Of course in 2004 the Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez to the ...

Daniel Murphy Fourth in Seniority?

Talk about turnover. ESPN's Adam Rubin has a list of the Mets with the most seniority. Except for David Wright, hardly anyone remains who was with the Mets when they were a contending team.After Wright, the rest of the top ten is Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana, Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Fernando Martinez, Josh Thole, R.A. Dickey and Jason Bay.No wonder Wright is...

Mets To Shop F-Mart On Ebay

Mike Puma of the New York Post is reporting that Fernando Martinez‘s knee isn’t improving, and that the Mets are now considering moving him. Puma says the Mets are hoping an American League team shows interest in the former Mets #1 prospect, but if there’s no interest they could possibly release him. Martinez is hitting just .077 (2-for-26) with one RBI in nine games In...

MMO Exclusive Interview: Mets Pitching Prospect Ryan Fraser, RHP

I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with 23-year-old, New York Mets minor league pitcher, RHP Ryan Fraser the other day. In just two years of professional baseball with the Mets, the 6’3″ Fraser has made some very favorable impressions on people who follow the team. He was the Brooklyn Cyclones closer in 2010 registering 12 saves, and he was an anchor in the starting rotation...

Mets remained interested in Endy...

I figured after they obtained Andres Torres, that Endy Chavez would would be viewed as a duplication of services.  At the very least they would be in the market for a right handed center fielder to platoon with Torres should he look more like 2011 then 2010 or a power bat off the bench who could play better corner outfield then Murph.  But according to Andy Martino the Mets remained...

Mets Officially Announce Frank Francisco Signing

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Frank Francisco to a two-year contract. Francisco, 32, went 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA (20 earned runs/50.2 innings) in 54 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. The 6-2, 250-pounder issued 18 walks and had 53 strikeouts. He converted all seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA...

NYP: Mets will likely eliminate rookie team to save $

Mets will likely eliminate their Rookie team in Kingsport, Tenn., in a cost cutting move. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 20, 2011 Clear down-sizing going on. Don’t believe they employ Pacific Rim scout anymore. Even heard minimum-wage, part-time St. Lucie helper fired. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 20, 2011

Sign of the Times: Rangers Get Darvish, Mets Interested in Luis Martinez

This is the world Mets fans are now living in, a place where they root for a mid-market team playing in one of the greatest cities in the world.  It makes no sense.  Poor decisions and organizational mismanagement has led to this, and true fans are sickened but resigned to dealing with this, because we love our team.   But if someone needed a symbol of exactly how far this franchise...

Mets ornament of the day: 1988, so close

Well, I fell just short of obtaining something recently. I was so certain, so close. It had to happen.Except that it didn't.I remember feeling this way exactly once before.I was so sure the Mets were going to the 1988 World Series, and that they'd win it. It was in the bag.The 1986 championship season was followed by a year devastated by injuries. But the 1988 Mets were incredible...

Mets considering unloading Fernando Martinez

#bbpBox_148973321797636097 a { text-decoration:none; color:#db0f23; }#bbpBox_148973321797636097 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }One other note: Fernando Martinez's knee has not improved much, and Mets seem to be considering unloading him.29 minutes ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite@NYPost_MetsMike Puma What…? That makes no sense at all. If you think that the Mets...

Mets Drop Minor League Team

The Mets eliminated their team in the Class A Gulf Coast League but still have eight minor league affiliates, including two in the Dominican Republic.

Latest On Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran is one of the top free agents remaining (#4 among unsigned free agents on MLBTR's top 50 list). He hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 homers for the Mets and Giants this past season and won't cost a draft pick, so teams looking for a capable outfield bat have taken note. The 34-year-old switch-hitter won't come cheap, however. Here's the latest on Beltran...

Reliever Francisco signs two-year deal with New York Mets

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NYT has Mets document with offer to investors

The New York Times has obtained what they believe is the offer sheet being sent to potential investors as the Mets seek multiple $20 million shares in the team, which will account for 4 percent ownership. According to the report, a share will buy you access to Mr. Met, a parking spot, 3 percent compound annual interest, a luxury box, a formal business card, one free trip with the...
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