So if Alderson is to do anything but fill out the roster with league-minimum players—that salary is $490,000 in 2013, or $9,310,000 for 19 players, bringing the Mets to around $90 million—he’ll need an increased payroll. The catcher he just acquired, Shoppach, a free agent this winter, will require more money than the minimum to be retained.
Yet Alderson’s comments yesterday are based on the idea that he hasn’t so much as discussed whether he can retain the catcher he just traded for. Of course, at this time last year, Alderson was busy insisting that the then-ongoing Madoff litigation would have no effect on the team’s ability to spend, something he then insisted had changed once the litigation had conclded.
With the team eager to lock in its season ticket holders for 2013, pushing that renewal date forward several months in 2012 to August 31, they have a clear commercial incentive to trumpet any newfound ability to spend money on players to the world. The fact that they are instead falling back on the implausible claims, like the owner of the team referring budget questions to a general manager who says he hasn’t discussed or thought about them, is as revealing as anything they could have said.
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
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