While playoff teams struggle simply to raise a flag that will represent success for, at most, one season, the Mets are set to fight a pitched battle for ownership’s financial survival, while at the same time, trying to keep the team’s most valuable pitcher and everyday player for years to come.
Now those are some high stakes.
...But neither Wright nor Dickey would have much to fear, in terms of getting a bounced paycheck; M.L.B. would step in a guarantee payroll should current ownership falter. Both players have described a winning team as just as important to them as a big payday, however, and the Sandomir story simply reiterates the specifics of what Alderson meant when he said last week that the Mets “will not in the near-future have unlimited funds”.
Thus, the knock-on effect: it is up to Alderson to sell the future of the Mets to Wright and Dickey, and signing them would provide some measure of independent validation that someone other than the Wilpons themselves actually believes in the long-term prospects of the Wilpons. Securing them would make the Mets better on the field in 2013, and validate them in a significant way off the field as well.
So they may not be contending for a championship in Flushing next season. But they’ll be playing for a lot.
Posted: October 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM | 14 comment(s)
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