July7, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) pitches during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mets won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Fred Wilpon Speaks & Other Notes from Spring Training: 2/13

News and notes will be emerging throughout the day.  This post will be updated as new pieces of information come in (newest at the top)…

  • For a tremendous recap of Fred Wilpon’s talk with reporters earlier today, read this piece from Adam Rubin of ESPN.
  • Mike Piazza will be joining Mike Francesa on WFAN tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
  • Sandy Alderson will be a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN 660 AM at 1:20 PM.
  • Getting back to on the field stuff, Terry Collins said Frank Francisco might not be able to resume throwing for two weeks.  To be specific, Collins is referring to Francisco simply being able to toss a baseball, not complete a bullpen session.  I’d be stunned if Francisco was ready for opening day.  Even if Francisco is ready, Collins noted that Bobby Parnell could win the role of closer outright.
  • According to Andy Martino, Wilpon wasn’t just referring to the Madoff settlement allowing the Mets’ finances to get back on firm footing.  He also cited the overall improvement of the economy, and the current state of his real estate business.
  • As far as the team spending big next year on free agents, Wilpon said that the team will be “big investors” if it’s “appropriate.” In that same vein, he noted that it’s his goal to break even, while saying he’s willing to do what it takes for the team to be competitive – saying the payroll could go as high as $140 million or $150 million.
  • Mets owner Fred Wilpon is currently addressing the media.  Wilpon is optimistic about the future, and told the beat writers that there are “zero limitations going forward” as far as the payroll is concerned, while stating it could go back to the level it was at while Omar Minaya was general manager.  Wilpon went on to say that he’s “free and clear” of the monetary issues that handcuffed the team during the Bernard Madoff mess.  Wilpon also touched on the issue of Terry Collins‘ contract situation, and noted that he doesn’t expect it to be addressed until after the conclusion of the season.
  • Here’s Alderson’s response to the Frank Francisco situation, from Adam Rubin: “On Francisco, Alderson said swelling ‘not alarming.’ Cryptically said Francisco had offseason personal issues.”  Alderson later added that Francisco’s “personal issues” were related to deaths in the family.  Alderson implied that the deaths in the family impacted Francisco’s ability to properly rehab, and may have led to his current health issue.
  • Sandy Alderson is addressing the media.  Per Adam Rubin, Alderson said the Mets made a “strong effort” to sign Michael Bourn, but would not have included a fifth year vesting option in the contract if it came to it.
  • Per the Mets, both the May 24th and July 3rd games will have fireworks promotions after their conclusion.



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