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Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:45 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Fred WilponIf the Mets find themselves in contention a month from now, adding payroll won't be an issue, or so says team chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Wilpon, speaking to Dan Martin of the New York Post, says Sandy Alderson won't have his hands tied by ownership when it comes to adding players.

"He'll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in," Wilpon said. "The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we'll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We'll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis."

Alderson, publicly at least, says that sounds well and good and he'll be looking. But a lot can change between now and the trade deadline. The Mets are 35-37 and 9 1/2 games out of first in the NL East and five games back in the wild card, with five teams ahead of them and tied with Pittsburgh and Washington.

"Tied with Pittsburgh and Washington" is usually not a phrase used by teams looking to make a playoff push with trades, even if the Pirates and Nationals are improved this season.

The good news for Mets fans may be that the same philosophy appears to be in place for the players currently on the roster, including shortstop Jose Reyes, who is a free agent after the season.

When asked if the Mets still have hope that they can re-sign Reyes, Wilpon told the Post: "Why wouldn't we?"

Well, if you have to ask ...

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:26 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:03 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

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Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:47 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

Remember Fredrick, theres a guy named Jose Reyes thats free agent at the end of this Year, remember ..kind of a guy we need long-term Fred so what if we work on getting this guy named Jose on the dotted line before you sign another bum who is going to be gone
soon after anyway!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

Wilpon is so full of crap. I wouldn't put any stock in anything he has to say. I also don't think the Mets will be in contention for the Wild Card in a month, but I hope they are so he can be called out when he doesn't make a deal. He should sell the majority ownership of the Mets to Einhorn and walk away before he inflicts any more damage...



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:25 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

well said

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:21 pm

Wilpon to GM: Free to spend, but see us first

LOL.  The Mets have no money to spend.  NONE!!  And let's be honest....this isn't a championship team anyway, so why spend money you desperately need?  Just so you can get swept in the wild-card? 

They may hold on to Reyes until the end of the year to pacify the fanbase, but he's gone next year.  There is no way, no way they sign him long term.  So, either they get blown away with a great deal and trade him, or they hold on to him, let another team sign him in the offseason, and get the 2 draft picks. 

They plan to lose $70 mil this year, their new (homage to the Dodgers) stadium has massive debt, and they still don't know what they owe in the Bernie Madoff situation.  Yet they are free to spend at the trade deadline?  What else is Wilpon going to say?  "We're broke and our farm system stinks and it's going to be a few years before we are competitive?"  I'm a Met fan and it's time to accept this as truth.

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