Mets’ Payroll Under $100M In 2012? Alderson Says Don’t ‘Overreact’ To Reports

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The bad news keeps piling on for Mets fans.

Not only did owner Fred Wilpon tell SI’s Tom Verducci that the franchise is “bleeding cash” — to the tune of $70 million this year alone — he also “confirmed the likely scenario is that the Mets will not re-invest most of the ($64 million) coming off the ($142 million) payroll.”

“If you invest your $100 million properly, as most clubs that are competitive are in that range . . . I think that we have to see what Sandy (Alderson) wants to do, and Sandy wants flexibility,” Wilpon told Verducci. “He’s going to have to make those decisions . . . The answer to your question is yeah, that could happen.”

Alderson was asked Tuesday whether a 30% cut in payroll is really in the works.

“Are we talking about The New Yorker article?” Alderson asked. “Look, I haven’t read Sports Illustrated. I haven’t read Mechanics Illustrated, Men’s Health. I don’t know what stories may be out there. So until I’ve read those stories, I can’t comment.”

He added: “No … I wouldn’t overreact to what might be contained in that article.”

LISTEN: Alderson says Mets fans shouldn’t “overreact”

Like most Mets and fans alike, Alderson was taken off guard by Wilpon’s criticism of David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.

“Everyone was surprised by the comments,” said Alderson, “but there is nobody who is more passionate about the Mets, or has more empathy for the players, than Fred.”

Wilpon told The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin that Beltran is “65 to 70 percent of what he was” and Reyes “won’t get” a Carl Crawford-type contract. Both players are set to come off the Mets’ payroll after this season.

“We all get caught up in the emotion from time to time, and perhaps say some things that upon reflection probably were not well-chosen,” Alderson added. “But I know that he has reached out to the players involved, and has talked to most, if not all, of them by now.”

Will the Mets’ payroll be south of $100 million next season? Fire away in the comments below…

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  1. MasterShake says:

    Jeez. At the rate they’re going, I’ll be able to buy them.

  2. rveron says:

    I THINK THE METS SHOULD SELL THE TEAM, THIS A CLASSY TEAM AND WE CANNOT LET THIS CLOWNS DESTROY IT.

    1. Mets fans need to know the Mets history says:

      Mets fans are acting like children, mor*ns, disrespectful to a man who has own this team since the early 80’s.

      He bought the team from a family that did not give a damn about the Mets, so much that they traded their only real true superstar in their history & Hall of Famer Tom Seaver because they did not want to pay him a few more dollars.

      Wilpon who has spend over a billion dollars to keep this team in contention every year, won a WS title in ’86, build a brand new stadium for the fans & your b*t*ch*ng that he has destroy the Mets.

      You’re a moron, how soon some Mets fans forget the Mets of 60’s & 70’s who for the most part were really really bad teams, losing 95 plus games a year.

      You must’ve come abroad as a Mets fan in 2006. Mets team may have class but their fans have shown they don’t

      1. MasterShake says:

        We are b*t*ch*ng about the present. 1986 is long gone. Reminiscing about 1986 doesn’t help us in 2011. Thinking back to how bad we were in the 60’s and 70’s, does take Fred off the hook. Stop belittling people for expressing their feelings and frustrations. The past is the past. It means nothing today.

      2. Mets fans need to know the Mets history says:

        So you like correcting people. If you would have read it correctly Mrs. Brooks you would have notice I gave high marks for the good job Wilpon has done as an owner of the Mets.

        And just reminded Mets fans of how bad the Mets were before him.

        Mets fans have done a great job of belittling themselves just on what they have posted. Using the word m*ron is just a clarification

        I’m sure you’ve heard “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

        Keep that in mind

      3. kate says:

        Excuse me? Wait I’m sorry I’m supposed to quote “know the history” which I do.
        HOW IN THE HELL DOES THIS “HISTORY” JUSTIFY ANY OF THE LYING AND OUTRIGHT MISMANAGEMENT OF THE TEAM????
        Since DOUBLEDAY WAS BOUGHT OUT, TELL ME HOW MANY POST SEASON HAVE THE METS HAD
        ANSWER 1 AND IS THAT ON THE OWNER ? HELLL YEAH IT IS
        Mismanagement is ALSO ON THE OWNER

        Its ok Jeff take a deep breathe and go hide in your luxury box.
        I will not pay one cent until you and your idiot father sell the team,

        THAT WORLD SERIES IS 25 YEARS OLD. OVER A BILLION DOLLARS TELL ME MR HISTORY WAS THAT THE WILPON’S BILLIONS OR MADOFF’S BILLIONS.

        YOU ARE AN !@$HAT, I HOPE TO GOD YOU ARE A YANKEE FAN.

      4. women, or in this case..... says:

        kate is it?, stick to watching Oprah and the View or women softball, you know that game played by dyk*s like yourself and leave sports to the men.

  3. Joe from Queens says:

    This organization just never seems to know when to shut their mouths. From the owner to the clubhouse managers…it just never ends! Now that the Donald has ended his Presidential bid is there any other better option to bring us out of this misery than Trump throwing his hat in the ring for complete ownership…save us Donald…save us!

  4. NICK M says:

    Do I see a NY fan crying for a salary cap? ARE WE SUDDENLY THE KC ROYALS? THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES?
    Stop the crying…what this team needs is a responsible owner. PERIOD. And they don’t have one. They have a moron at the helm and his son who’s twice the moron lurking in wait to get his shot to ruin the team for 20 more years.
    I AM ASKING EVERY METS FAN THAT WANTS A CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP TO BOYCOTT THE METS. FORCE A SALE!
    I PLEDGE NOT TO ATTEND ANY MORE METS GAMES OR BUY ANYTHING THAT PROFITS THE METS IN ANYWAY FROM THIS POINT ON!

    1. Dave says:

      Wouldn’t it suck to be a KC or Pitt fan. Yes, must suck for them. Count your blessings that the system is set up to benefit the rich teams.

  5. Rich from Lake Como says:

    Triple A payroll…. Tiffany ticket prices. Sell, Fred, Sell…..

  6. Clark Kentt says:

    @ Dave – Contrary to your response the salary cap isn’t the issue here. MLB if you look at the standings today prove that. There is only one team that is above at least 5 games in the winning column and that’s the Indians. In every other division the top 3 teams are separated by at least 3 games and the world series has seen a different winner since the late 90’s if I’m not mistaken. So your comment about salary cap is incorrect. Now the problem here is the incorrect choices ownership made outside of baseball that has gotten the Mets in this ordeal. The Dodgers (personal affairs). The reason NFL is thriving is because of other reasons, the cap does help but there are other reasons that take more factor in it’s current success. Now with them being on strike let’s see how strong that foundation is, but that’s a whole other topic.

    1. Dave says:

      Clark, look at the teams that consistently buy their way into the playoffs. Wait till the trade deadline, then you’ll see the teams with money come out of the woodwork. Something the Indians probably can’t afford to do. Yes, the Mets should be much more successful given their market. Bad decisions by the Wilpon’s have decimated the Mets. I’m not debating that. Just the system that rewards the money makers with an unfair advantage year in and year out.

  7. Bob De says:

    It’s time for Fred to sell the team and not make it a joke. Get out your finished.

  8. Dave says:

    MLB needs a salary cap. It’s ridiculous that success in MLB is so influenced by each team’s economics. The NFL is thriving with a cap that allows all teams to compete within a structured system. MLB World Series ratings have never been lower & Super Bowl ratings have never been higher. Hey Bud Selig WAKE UP! Forget about more teams making the playoffs. Set up a salary cap system so all MLB teams have a chance to be competitive!

    1. FYI says:

      Really salary cap in baseball, does it really help those NFL & NBA teams like the Clippers, Kings, Nets, Lions, Chiefs, Rams, and Browns. It’s always the usual suspects in the NFL & NBA, Cowboys, Giants, Patriot, Colts, Packers, Steelers, Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, Spurs in the playoffs and championships, sure one or two little teams may get in once in a while one because 16 teams make the playoff so the odds of a little team getting in is there, but in both sports the teams with superstar players always get in. That’s just an excuse you’re using.

      Also, the NFL only plays 16 regular season games & just one Superbowl game is played so that’s why their rating is higher. Baseball is the best of 7 games & 162 games in a season; you miss one game there’s another one tomorrow.

      If baseball teams like the Royals, Pirates, Marlins, Paders, Twins use the money they get from the other owners by re-signing their own players or getting players via free agency instead pocketing the money maybe they can be competitive.

      Don’t blame the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs & Dodgers for making money because they also re-invest their money by putting it back into the team. Get a clue man.

      1. Dave says:

        The money that small market teams receive from the luxury tax is not nearly enough to buy even one free agent. First off, half the money goes to third world countries to help develop baseball. The rest is divided among the teams in need. Check your facts man. The Yankees made an estimated 550 million dollars last season. No small market team can compete with that. The Pirates made aprox. 27 million.

        Small market teams must pocket money they make to stay in business until their young players mature so they can take a shot at using that small profit to land a couple of big free agents to supplement their roster and have a chance in the playoffs.

        Texas made the WS for the first time ever last season. These teams consistently lose their good young talent to free agency while big market teams have enough money to retain their young talent and grab all the free agents the small market teams can’t afford to keep.

        The majority of teams in the NFL consistently cycle into and out of the the playoffs, unlike teams in MLB. The better run franchises, not the richest franchises, tend to win Super Bowls. Many teams like the Jets, Dolphins, Jags, Titans, Eagles, Seahawks this year, 49ers over the years, and many many more make the playoffs now and again. Many more NBA teams make the playoffs than you give credit to also.

        Check the WS ratings since free agency began. The numbers have gone WAY down. Nobody wants to see the same teams get into the playoffs year in and year out simply because they make more money than the others. Small market teams in the NFL have a far greater chance of competing than small market teams in MLB.

        Baseball is the only major sport without a salary cap and has lost all credibility as a result. You’re completely out of touch with what’s happening.

      2. FYI, again says:

        Guy, quit while I’m ahead, most of the money goes to 3rd world countries to help develop baseball, good one, where did you pick this information from, The Red Cross.

        You’re making an imbecile of yourself. It’s the Yankees fault that they are successful in making money & the Royals & Pirates are not.

        Here’s something you did not know, being that it also shows you don’t know much Waldo. The reason why no one wants to open the books is because teams do make money, they do make a profit.

        The Marlins, The Pirates all make money. The Marlins made $33.4 million in profit in ’08 & ’09. MLB told them to increase their payroll and they did not.

        Include that & what the Yankees and other teams gave them, they did very well for themselves, but you knew that right Einstein?

        Like I said, quit while I’m ahead, I keep making you look like a fool.

      3. Dave says:

        The only person you’re making look like a fool is yourself. You don’t know what your talking about. Come out of your dream world and do some research into the salary cap. Get the facts before you post. Check salary cap & luxury tax on wikopedia idiot.

      4. Dave says:

        DIRECT FROM WIKIPEDIA NOW STFU AND CRAWL BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK JACKA$$!

        Money collected under the MLB luxury tax are apportioned as follows: The first $5m is held in reserve, to pay for possible luxury tax refunds. Once it is clear that there are no refunds to be issued, this money is then earmarked for the Industry Growth Fund (IGF). 50% of the remaining money is used to fund player benefits, 25% is used to fund baseball programs in developing countries with no high-school baseball, and 25% is put into the Industry Growth Fund (IGF).

  9. jonny says:

    Until new owners come to this franchise. The mets will have a payroll and players that rival a AAA team. We as fans better get used to being cellar dwellers for a while. Sad but true!

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