May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon walks off the field after watching batting practice before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Sandy Alderson reiterates Mets payroll will be predicated on attendance

During an appearance on ESPN radio on Tuesday afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson again stated that any increase in payroll will be predicated on a combination of attendance and revenue. Said Alderson:

I do believe the payroll will go up if we generate the type of revenue that supports that. That’s why we have to win.

Alderson made the above statement in direct response to whether the Mets having an $85 million dollar payroll in the New York market should be palatable.

Near the end of the interview, Alderson stated that it’s “unfair” to suggest that the Mets are acting like a small-market team.


Sandy Alderson is the public face of the Mets, but he is absolutely not the person who is responsible for capping the payroll at $85 million. And he is absolutely not the person who decided that the payroll cannot go up unless attendance/revenue improves.

Frankly, that’s an ass-backwards way to go about things. It’s how a small-market team operates.

If the Mets (Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz, and Jeff Wilpon) expect fans to turn out in droves for a poor product, they’re out of their minds. And if they actually refuse to raise the payroll above $85 million or so until attendance goes up, things are about to come to a head.

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  • Ken Meoni

    You got that right, Danny.

  • LMAO

    You know that GEICO commercial where the woman says to her friend “That’s not the way it works”. Someone should tell Wilpon That’s not the way it works. This is the way it works: Put a quality product on the field and people will show up, Don’t and people will stay away. And if people start staying away in droves, then you’ll be forced to spend money or you will lose money and be forced to sell.

  • VitaminCM

    That’s funny, because I was just saying how my attendance will be predicated by the Mets actually fielding professional baseball players.

  • Victor Chu

    Reading between the lines, Sandy is basically saying, “Yeah … we are basically capped at around $85 MM, budget-wise … the Wilpons have tied my hands up as far as spending any more money this year without sufficient additional revenue to offset any additional spending … I am just praying that we will win more than we lose during the season to entice you fans to come back to CitiField, spend money and generate enough additional revenue to hopefully bring in another mid-level free agent next year … if not, then sorry, Mets fans … it is what it is. Financially, the Wilpons cannot compete with the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, or any other big market team right now — the Mets are basically a small-to-mid market team because we can’t afford to be (or are not willing to be) otherwise … again, sorry, Mets fans.”
    So, Danny — you are right … a very “ass-backwards” approach … I can’t believe I still watch their games … thus my other moniker–> “Masochist Mets Fan” …

    • SeanE

      The wilpons are sad.

      Boycott Citi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Victor Chu

      Let’s hope Saul can talk his brother-in-law into selling!!!

  • George Brezny

    Totally agree… sad part is they are three games out of first so Alderson is saying its working but Met fans have been down this road before then averaged twenty games under five hundred for the past five years. If the Mets continue to draw 2 Million a year nothing is going to change… especially with the new tv contract… sigh…Mets fan since 1964.

  • Ju’Queveland “A’ight” Morris

    Why are we not writing to MLB to get them to intervene and get rid of the Wilpons? The Wilpons must have compromising photos of Selig or something.


    We can do the right thing. Never attend games. Eventually the wilpons will be sick of not making money and they will sell….. It is the only way to be rid of them… DON’T GO TO CITIFIELD!!!