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Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

Posted on: January 28, 2012 11:59 am
Edited on: January 28, 2012 12:03 pm
By Matt Snyder

After losing upwards of $70 million last season, the Mets are set to drastically lower payroll in 2012. We knew that. But an report from Friday noted just how severe the drop will be. In fact, it's likely to be historic. With a payroll projected at $90.7 million for the coming season, it would represent a drop of $52.1 million -- reportedly the largest payroll drop in MLB history.

The previous "record" was held by the Texas Rangers' drop from 2003 to 2004, when they shed the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez from the payroll. In all, the Rangers slashed $48.4 million in player salaries, but the Mets are poised to blow past that. These Mets have shed the contracts of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez, among others, from the opening-day payroll of 2011.

As long as Fred Wilpon's ownership group is in charge, the Mets will continue to find ways to generate any kind of revenue they can while also trying to not alienate their fan base -- as they wish to remain owners of the club. They have lowered ticket prices for the 2012 season, but will that keep the turnstiles moving frequently enough to turn a profit for the season? The NL East appears loaded, as the Nationals are up and coming while the Marlins just went on a winter spending spree. We know how good the Braves and Phillies are. Slashing payroll in record fashion is hardly the best way to convince your fans the team is trying to field a winner in one of the best divisions in the majors. 

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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:38 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

I have to say being a Met fan since '77 when I was born has been one of the most crazy rides for any sports fan. We go from real good to real bad way too much in the short history of the Mets. For those of you killing the Ollie Perez signing at the time it wasnt bad, we had no other options and he did pitch well the season before. I know it didnt turn out well but it was either him or Lowe and they both stink. Castillo was a joke, a nightmare of sorts he was brutal. Not resigning Reyes was smart, but we should have traded him. The worst thing that happened to the Mets was actually competing for the first half of '11 if not for that he would have been traded. Now what are we left with? We still have a very good hitting team compared to the rest of the NL. We have one of the best bullpens even without a lock closer. Our defensive is real good everywhere but RF. The problem is the starting staff. Even if Santana is back to form it will be real hard to compete. Now I have found myself saying 65 wins is what they will get. If you sit back and think about it, its not as bad as you may have thought. Sure the Phillies will win 90+ games, but the Braves and Marlins will be in the 80's and even if the Nationals get the pitching which they dont have, or find a way to hit which they wont we could be in the upper 70's. Now with that said if the Mets are in contention come late june a power bat and a solid arm would go along way. We had a brutal team in '69 and look what happened. Times like this is when the Mets make there MARK. So hold out hope and shoot for the miracle!

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:01 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

In short 2012 will not be the year of the Mets.   I think "not alienate the fan base" train has already left the station.  A Met victory in 2012 will be as rare a Unicorn.  Why don't the Wilpons pay us to come.  A Met's sell out will rarely be heard phase.  As Jim Morrison would say "This is the End".

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:56 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

There aren't too many teams tha can maintain the payrole to be competitive year in and year out.  Not even the Mets.  Every team in basebal will rise and fall at some point and the bottom line is if you don't have any prospects in the system, you will not be able to be at or near the top much longer.  No replacements equals aging players stay too long and no trades for a "down the stretch" run.  The Mets have too big of a fan base and way too much money to be bad long and if done right, they could be great for a long time once they do make it back.  Reyes should have been traded a few years ago but at the latest, last year.  Letting him go as a FA was a mistake.  Even if they didn't get top prospects for him, to get nothing was a HUGE missed opportunity.  I hope they trade Wright before nobody will give top prospects for him either.  He has 4-5 good years left before there will be no return for him.  If you don't build a solid base, your success will fall well short of any hopes or expectations you could have.  That spoken by a Mariner fan. 

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:50 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

Mrbeaglesworth just got straight pwned.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:34 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

You need to get your facts straight before you post about a team thats obviously not "yours". Unless youre talking about bullpen, which is ALWAYS retreads (on most teams, anyway), you couldnt be more wrong.
Of our 8 starters, only 2 have taken an at-bat for any other team; Andres Torres and Jason Bay. 2 outnumbers 6? Of our 5 starting pitchers, only 2 have thrown a pitch for any other team; Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey.
What we have is basically the opposite of what you stated: A bunch of young players with some retreads sprinkled in.
I dont know the player roster history for all the other teams, but I would guess we're now one of the more "homegrown" teams in the league regarding our starting position players and starting pitchers.
What I will agree with you with is that, yes, we will suck.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:27 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

mrbeaglesworth , i think you meant , Well , at least New Jersey has the Giants

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:53 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

The Minaya experiment went haywire.  I am glad the our new Sandy Alderson is thinking with his head.  No more crazy contracts.  I like our youth movement and cant wait for Santana and J Bay to be off the payroll as well.  I loved Reyes but the guy can't stay healthy.  I wish him well but he can't stay healthy enough for that type of contract that Miami gave him.  Around 2006 I thought the Mets were going to rule the East for years.   We signed players for too long and just stuck with the wrong pitchers.  Still can't believe we signed Oliver Perez and the guy got 12 million from us for last year and we released him.  Luis Castillo 8 million and we released him as well.  I really like the direction the Mets are heading and I hope we get some new ownership at some point.  This team has been run into the ground.  I wish we got a Mark Cuban type of owner who is successful and wants his teams to actually win.  Tough to watch the Mets these days but I like the Collings and Alderson.  Lets Go Mets!

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:12 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

Once the Coupons lose this Picared case the Mets will recoup and be back in the spending mix in 2013.   By 2014 they should be contending for the wildcard. What will feel better is to watch the aging Phillies window slowly shut with all the often injured offensive dinosaurs that are already north of 30 years old. Phillies fans think their team will be good for the next 30 years its amazing what a few winning seasons do for fans confidence. But they will choke like they always do in playoffs once again, and that's if they even make it.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:02 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

Far and away the worst team in the NL East if this Mets team wins 65 games I will be shocked.  The team is a bunch of retreads that is starting to remind me of the Pirates.  Sure you have some decent young players sprinkled in the mix, but the has beens and journeymen far outnumber them. Moving in the fences might help Wright, but what's it going to do to the journeymen on this staff?  Well, at least NY has the Giants.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:57 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

They should try and further cut another 20-25 million,  nearly 100million for a team that won't sniff .500 is still a lot of money.  As long as they bring their youngster up and make a real go at rebuilding the real fans will understand.  I wish my White Sox would start rebuilding and stop making expensive moves that ultimately ensures mediocrity. 

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