This morning, while participating in a service day with other Mets representatives on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon spoke with reporters about a variety of Mets related topics. There were two things that jumped out.
- According to Mike Kerwick, Wilpon noted that the Mets are not “handcuffed” money wise this off-season.
That jives with what Sandy Alderson has been saying, and with what the reporters have been reporting – that the Mets would invest a large sum of money back into the club this winter.
- The second key quote from Wilpon, which was relayed by Kristie Ackert, is that David Wright, Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee were the only players “solid” in their respective positions heading into 2014.
I’m not sure why the COO is making comments about which players are safe in their respective positions. Now that it’s been said, it’s sure to be dissected over and over (including in the space below).
Whenever one of Fred or Jeff Wilpon speaks, it creates a frenzy. However, there’s really not much that’s new here.
It’s been stated over and over by both team executives and reporters who are reading the tea leaves that the Mets are planning to spend a significant chunk of money on external players this off-season. The team has only $33.5 million committed to player salaries for 2014 (before arbitration), so it’s apparent the team will re-invest a large sum heading into next season.
The fact that Wilpon weighed in on which players are “safe” for next year struck me as a bit odd. There’s really no reason to try to light a fire under anyone at this point – since it’s the off-season – so stating who is and isn’t safe seems pointless. Aside from that, Sandy Alderson and the front office are supposed to have full autonomy. If that is indeed the case, Jeff Wilpon’s feelings on who is and isn’t “safe” shouldn’t have any impact on how the off-season unfolds.