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:
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
"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.