Sandy Alderson went public that he expected the payroll number to increase in 2014. Of course, to do this he made up a new number for 2013.
Yes, he said last season was $87 million. That’s the first time they’ve given us that number. They keep lowering the bar.
I’ve gotten it for a while now, the Mets are going to continue to have a low payroll. The weak attempts to convince people otherwise are just sad.
Why don’t these guys just shut up and do their jobs?
MLB owners occupy an elite stratosphere. It’s an expensive world they inhabit — that’s why there are only 30 teams. Every franchise in baseball was given an additional $26 million this year ($51 million, total), thanks to skyrocketing TV revenues. From what I can see, that’s the money the Mets will be spending this winter — and barely a dime of the payroll saved when Santana, Bay, Buck contracts came off the books.
It was not a secret that new network television money was rolling in, therefore salaries were going to rise across the game. Every time Sandy acts surprised by the market, he looks feeble. Hopefully, for his sake, he is just putting on a bad act.
I have this fantasy that going to a diner with Sandy Alderson would be a lot like bringing my grandmother to a restaurant. “What? Soup is five dollars! Are they crazy? I’m not paying these prices! I remember when I could get a cup of coffee and a slice of blueberry pie for thirty-five cents!”
It’s hard to figure he is this dumb, I believe he is just a sellout. He gets paid a lot of money to front for the Wilpons.
More than three years ago, the Mets signed an aging veteran, decades past his prime, to an expensive contract. To date, that veteran has been largely unproductive, with occasional hot streaks.
I am talking about Sandy Alderson himself.
The irony is that if you could slice him in half, Sandy Alderson the GM would never have hired himself to such a deal. He’s exactly the kind of person he avoids — he’d have taken a good look at himself and run for the hills!
We don’t know Sandy’s exact pay figure, since that’s a closely guarded secret. We do know that the contract is long-term, four years plus a club option for a fifth year. We also know that his old pals earn this: J.P. Ricciardi ($1.5 million), Paul DePodesta ($2.0). At least, that’s the best numbers I can find on the always-reliable interwebs. My wild guess is that our 65-year-old GM makes twice that combined number, plus. Let’s call it $4 million a year. Maybe $5 million.
Not a bad payday for an old guy thinking retirement.
Sandy turns 66 on November 22, 2013.
In the meantime, maybe this is the contract we should be waiting to get off the books. Instead of a front man for the Emperor, hiring his overrated cronies, we might get a new, younger, more vibrant GM with an entirely new goal: winning.
As much as Alderson aggravates people, and I do have issues with him myself, he is, as you say, a front man. The bigger problem is the folks he is in front of. As long as the Wilpons insist on running this team like it sits in Peoria we are going to need a bold innovative GM to survive. When I picture that I don’t see a 66 year-old dude preaching baseball idioms from twenty years ago.
Make no mistake, winning while cutting payroll every single year is no small task. One thing about Sandy, I don’t envy him. I wouldn’t work for the Wilpons.
Life is too short for that.
Tim Hudson, 2/$23. Not a bad deal by the Giants.
He is coming off a rough injury, but not to his arm. It will be interesting to see what Arroyo gets compared to this.
In other news, the Mets were blown away in the LaTroy Hawkins sweepstakes.
Do you think the Rockies got a bad deal on Hawkins? I mean, forget the Mets, just looking at it from their perspective?
Not at all. I’m sorry, but that is just not a lot of money these days. That is basically Dumpster diving prices. Good move for them.
He was terrific for us last year, and there was almost universal agreement about bringing him back. Looks like we got scared off by 2013 prices, like Granny staring at the restaurant menu. What else you got?
It was reported this week that Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets. In September, remember, the Mets made sure to stash Tejada in Las Vegas long enough to cost him a year of free agency. This seemed petty and mean-spirited to me then, and it still does. I think Tejada will have a difficult time winning the case, but this seems like a dopey fight to have picked with him.
This is a move M. Donald Grant would have made. The true believers like to compare Sandy Alderson to Frank Cashen, but Grant feels like the more apt comp. Players and agents watch this stuff, and obviously Flushing is not a good place to play right now. There’s a hardline “Screw the players!” vibe to this group.
In a slightly related note, Andy Martino reported that “many Mets people” believed Marlon Byrd was overcoaching his teammates, and that was a factor in the team not attempting to re-sign Byrd.
Can’t this current front office ever just say goodbye and good luck?
Martino got hired by SNY to cover games this past season, yet he also reports on the team for The Daily News. Which means: His integrity has been compromised.
The approach verbiage makes us crazy, as if Sandy Alderson is the world’s expert on hitting. He’s so damn sure that it’s his way or the highway. But what’s crazier is how, reportedly, they were worried that the second-most productive hitter on the club was going to be a bad influence on the hitters. I mean, let’s remember, no player has been praised for having “the right approach” as much as Ruben Tejeda . . . used to be. You couldn’t hear a post-game recap without somebody trumpeting his key, ten-pitch walk, or all the balls he fouled off before popping out. Now he’s public enemy #1.
The Alderson-Wilpon Mets allowed themselves to play patsies in the Cano shenanigans, all for a free meal. Sigh.
And yet, and yet.
While all of the above is true, Alderson is still going to do something. He’s still got to spend that $26 million extra TV revenue money. Maybe even a few dollars more.
It feels like a trade is the best path, taking on salary that way, since I don’t believe Sandy is eager to lose that 2nd-round pick.
Look: This can absolutely be turned around. Things can get better. The year 2014 won’t be what they promised back in 2011, but it can still be an improvement over 2013. That’s the world we live in now. I’ll take it. But so far, this team has lost ground. Lost Byrd, Buck, Hawkins. And, oh yeah, a guy named Matt Harvey.
I’m still hoping for Ryan Braun, whom we wrote about at length in early September.
Honestly, I can’t figure it out. Between the fog, the mist, the half-truths, the twisted facts, the “scary” prices, I’m at a loss when I look into these tea leaves. I’ve said all along that this offseason is a sliding puzzle, and that we won’t be able to see the picture until some of these pieces begin to slide into place. We’re waiting for that first move.
Which bring us back to your point: Just shut up and do your jobs.