This quote was the topper:
“We better win 90,” [Fred Wilpon] said, according to a source.
LOL yeah or else what Freddy? You've remained tight as a clam's ass, replacing old payroll with new payroll, trying to trick fans that you're suddenly spending, and continuing to make proclamations that you'll *one day* go back to spending like a New York market. Oh look at where the Mets' 2014 payroll stacks up versus the rest of MLB in this fine article by Wendy Thurm: 24th out of 30 teams. Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, NEW YORK, Minnesota, San Diego... hmmm, I wonder what looks out of place in this picture.
On top of not spending, it's as if they don't even try to get better. Fred and Sandy have been very accepting of bringing back the same mediocre/mid-70's win roster since Sandy got here. They've improved the farm system, which is cool, but I'm not sure that really deserves a pat on the back given how bad they've been and the stars they've given up. The Reyes situation was quietly handled like a disaster. The MLB roster is still no different than what we've experienced for the past 5 years. The MLB additions have been small expenditures that have either failed spectacularly or worked out decently but had little to no long-term impact. Their biggest free agent addition before this offseason was Frank freakin' Francisco. And even this offseason's spending looks misplaced. I like Chris Young's chances of bouncing back, but he will bolt if he has a good year. I can understand 4/60 for Granderson if I squint hard enough but they bid against themselves -- as Dave Cameron put it, they could've gotten 90% of the production for 15% of the cost by signing someone like David Murphy, Nate McLouth, or even Marlon Byrd instead. I liked the Colon addition most, but there is still plenty of risk associated with a fat 41 year old pitcher, who has had an awkward career path and is already battling calf issues.
And I still just can't understand the SS situation, where they pretty clearly do not like Tejada, from manager to front office, yet are terrified of bringing in someone else, even when one is sitting right in their lap.
Edited by nmigliore, 27 February 2014 - 09:48 AM.