NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — General manager Sandy Alderson told team brass — including co-owner Fred Wilpon — during an organizational meeting earlier this week that he thinks the Mets could win 90 games, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the Daily News, citing a source, Wilpon later said during the meeting, “We better win 90.”
David Wright, for one, is on board with management’s high expectations. The superstar third baseman believes that the underdog Mets can reach that goal after posting five consecutive losing seasons.
“We’ve got good players,” Wright said, according to ESPN.com. “I love the fact that Sandy is confident in us. I think 90 is challenging, it’s attainable and it’s a good starting point for us. You know, number goals, it’s tough to come out and say, ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to do that. We’re going to do that.’
“But I think 90 is a good starting point for giving us something to shoot for and getting guys to understand that mediocrity is not going to be acceptable.”
Following consecutive 74-88 campaigns, the organization went out and spent $87.25 million in the offseason on starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. There remains a possibility that New York could add a shortstop or first baseman before Opening Day.
But Las Vegas isn’t sold on the Mets improving in 2014.
Bovada, the popular sports-betting website, has set the Mets’ line at 73.5 wins for the upcoming season.
“It’s not about being better than last year,” Wright said, according to the website. “What does that get us? Third or fourth place? It’s about being a good team and being a playoff-contending team. 90 wins is a good starting point.”
The seven-time All-Star said that Alderson didn’t express to the club that he expects 90 wins in 2014.
“That’s the first I heard about it,” Wright said in regard to the Daily News’ report, according to ESPN.com. “But I like the fact that, like I said, he seems confident. He’s had a chance now to bring in some of his guys, make some of his moves. I think it’s great.”
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