Remember that old nickname Mets fans gave to owner Fred Wilpon? If not, I’ll tell you. It was ‘Fred Coupon’.
The Wilpons can tell us all they want that they are not broke. We are not buying it. If someone took well over $500 million from me, I’d be screaming I’m penniless to the high heavens.
So I have a feeling this offseason is going to be a season with players coming to the Mets on a discount.
My question to you: what is wrong with that?
I want you to think about something.
What is the payroll for the Florida Marlins? $35,774,000
Compare that to the Mets whopping payroll of $145,367,987. The Marlins are second to last with the lowest payroll in the majors. Where are they in the standings almost every year? They always find themselves in a position to make a playoff spot.
The biggest star on the Tampa Bay Rays, Carl Crawford, only makes $8,250,000.
Basically, there is no reason why the Mets cannot find the players they need to compete for a playoff spot.
We are all guilty of saying the Mets need to spend money. They have for the past three years. What do they have to show for it? Same with the Yankees. They have not had a championship since 2000.
Money does not buy championships. Players do! There are enough players out there who will play their butts off without commanding an outrageous amount of money.
You do not think Endy Chavez will come back to the Mets for $5 million? Chavez loved being on the Mets. To think there are not players out there who are willing to come to New York and play hard without making over $100 million is ludicrous.
My response to any player who wants to play on the Mets, but is commanding a butt load of cash would be:
Bring me a freakin’ championship and then we’ll talk. Until then, you are the same as a rookie. Prove your worth to me. You came from a crappy team. You are in New York City. The biggest stage. Let’s see what you can do first. Then we’ll talk. Accept what I am offering or walk.
Do not expect big name players who are commanding money to come here to play. It will not happen. GM Omar Minaya has his job cut out for him. He is going to have to get creative.
If Minaya says they are buyers, do not believe it. The position the Mets are in is pretty bad. They still have so many repairs and improvements to do on Citi Field alone, not to mention what needs to be done to improve the team itself.
Seriously Mets fans, do not expect much from this offseason. The coupon era is back and it is going to stay for awhile too.