“When asked about the Mets’ payroll in a conference call, Alderson said, “A $145 million and $150 million payroll is probably too high.” Many took this as a tacit admission that the Mets aren’t going to have the payroll flexibility over the next few years that they had in the past, and I suppose it is. To which any reasonable Mets fan has to say: Thank heavens. Considering the decisions of the past few years, a bloated budget is a toy the Mets should have taken away from them. This is to say, if the Mets have to go broke—and remember, they’re not actually going broke—this is the perfect time to do it.” —Will Leitch
“The Mets, long one of baseball’s most highly valued franchises, have lost millions of dollars in recent years, including nearly $50 million in 2010, according to two people briefed on the team’s finances.” —Mets Are Said to Be Suffering Sizable Losses - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)
“Moneyball is not about statistics or On Base Percentage, it is about constantly questioning the efficacy of your belief system and trying to uncover value where it’s not readily apparent.” —Paul DePodesta
“I’ll be the first one to tell you I’m not a ‘toolsy’ guy at all. But I feel throughout the entire course of a year I’ll put up good numbers for you and I’ll play sound defense and just be a baseball player out there. That’s all you can do. When you don’t have a ton of speed or a ton of power, you’ve just got to every day grind it out.” —
Brad Emaus, who’s closing in on the starting 2B job.
I’m just glad we can start talking about who will be playing for the Mets this season, and not who we’re all dying to get rid of.
Mets expected to release Oliver Perez on Monday
Oh happy day!!!
“I just spoke to Luis a little while ago, and he asked to be released. And the Mets are going to grant that wish.” —
“I felt a little discomfort in my left knee last week. I spoke to the doctors today. They advised me to just give it a rest for a couple of days. I can hit and do everything, but back off the running part of it. I feel fine. I think I just overcompensated from all the work I did on the other knee and I just need to give it a little break.” —Carlos Beltran, who was shut down for 3 to 4 days