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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: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:54 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

METS fans are aware that the Madoff cloud hanging over the Organization has drastically cost the fans and ownership any hope of salvaging this season or even the next season 2013. Regardless of the farm system producing viable players in the next few years ALL METS fans are prepared for the worst this season maybe even a 100 game losing year. The Division is stacked against them with every team improving there rosters while the Wilpon/Katz fiasco drowns all of us in there legel problems. Being a life long METS fan since 1962 you start to become painless to this losing organization. It seems to me that if the Wilpon/Katz duet really care about fan base they should consider seriously to selling the team and doing all of us a favor in the long run. Fred Wilpon or as I like to call him (CAPTAIN CHAOS) and his son Jeff ( BOY BLUNDER) haven't a clue how the MET fan will turn there back on this years team. I already have concluded I won't be going to any games this year and instead take my Grand Kids to see the Cyclones in Coney Island at least I'll save quite a bit of $$$$ instead of getting an ulcer watching this triple AAA team try and compete against professional players, and spending the rest of my 401K plan. So in closing to FRED & JEFF you can cut prices down to 50 cent admission fee and people still won't show up.....You know when they will show up  .......WHEN YOU START WNNING BASEBALL GAMES and PUTTING a WINNING TEAM ON THE FIELD, you better start hearing us fans because until then, your attendance will be the worst in MLB this season and the next coming seasons....WE DESERVE A WNNING TEAM..................

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:39 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

To me it look like the Mets strength will be their Pitching staff, if Santana play more then 20 games and when he come back  he play good. Also if Niese, Pelfrey and Dickey has better season then this last one, a good pitching staff can give a team a chance to win every game.

So I feel the mets season would depend on how the Pitching staff do, If they play great then Mets has a chance to do well but if the Pitching staff bomb so would the Mets.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:59 pm

Mets headed for dubious payroll record in 2012

I was actually pleased by the fight an undermanned 2011 Mets team put up last year.  And, I don't mind the payroll cuts this year as long as they play the youngsters to see what they have.  (In fact, it'd be nice if they could slash Jason Bay's albatross contract, but that isn't going anywhere.) I don't think there are too many Mets fans who expect much from this season.  A .500 record would be a major accomplishment.  But, with the farm system being slowly rebuilt, there's hope for the future. 

Eventually, though, the Wilpins are going to have to shell out more bucks if they want to be able to compete in a tough division, and I'm not sure they will have the resources to do that.   Moreover, the Wilpons haven't exactly shown much baseball sense in how they spend their money, so it would be nice to get owners with a bit more savvy. 

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