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08:22 AM ET 02.01 | Battling for the back pages in New York may just have become more difficult in Queens. Sandy Alderson insisted Monday that the Wilpons' messy entanglement with Bernie Madoff would not have an impact on how he does his job going forward, but the general manager added the Mets plan to lower payroll in the future. "Our payroll going into the season will be somewhere between $140 million and $150 million," Alderson said on a conference call yesterday. "I think that is significantly higher than we'd like to be on an annual basis. That's a product of adding some additional players that we felt the roster needed as well as some existing [contracts]. The plan and the approach that I've taken over the last two months has not been affected at all by any other outside factors." Alderson refused to put a number on what he would like future payrolls to be.

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February 1, 2011  08:48 AM ET

With so many teams desperate for a top of the rotation pitcher (Texas?), it may be a smart move to try and move Santana. Getting out of that contract will free up a lot of money to rebuild, not to mention the prospects you could get in return.

February 1, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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With so many teams desperate for a top of the rotation pitcher (Texas?), it may be a smart move to try and move Santana. Getting out of that contract will free up a lot of money to rebuild, not to mention the prospects you could get in return.

Completely agree. The Mets signed Santana on the downside of his career, and the longer they wait to trade him the less value he will have.

February 1, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Completely agree. The Mets signed Santana on the downside of his career, and the longer they wait to trade him the less value he will have.

Goes to show you what happens when you give someone the power to comment on anything without the ability to grasp reality.

The man was 28 when they signed him. He went 16-7 2.53 in 2008, 13-9 3.13 and 11-9 2.98 in 3 years with the Mets. A team that couldnt score runs for him.

Next time you decide to comment from up in Shoreham, stop, think, and then lock yourself in a closet with an angry badger. Dimwit.

February 1, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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Not only will the Mets cut payroll, but fan attendance, wins, team moral....and the list goes on and on.

They even cut the lines at the restrooms.

February 1, 2011  09:44 AM ET

This is roughly the same size payroll as the Minnesota Twins, except the Mets don't have the savvy, the farm system, or the ability to adapt like them.

February 1, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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They even cut the lines at the restrooms.

rude NYers...

Maddoff...

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February 1, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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This is roughly the same size payroll as the Minnesota Twins, except the Mets don't have the savvy, the farm system, or the ability to adapt like them.

W will see what the Twins are doing in a couple of years when they don't have all the picks from trading away their stars and compensatory draft picks...then you can make that analogy, as it is the system is actually advantageous for teams that use the system like the Twins, call it savvy, it is. but they will have a problem doing both, keeping their talent and stocking the farm.

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February 1, 2011  10:29 AM ET

Madoff sent Mets back 5 years on this one. Id like a re-do on Jason Bay please.

February 1, 2011  10:35 AM ET

sounds good for an underachieving team, maybe that will improve them?

February 1, 2011  10:49 AM ET
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Madoff sent Mets back 5 years on this one. Id like a re-do on Jason Bay please.

Yeah, another right handed hitter, hitting them off the monster 300 ft away in Fenway, got his numbers up then. Now paid off with his large money signing in NY. If they would have gotten A Rod back when, he might have had 700 by now, the freakin fraudulent jackass. At least bay did it by pulling a few off the big green wall and not with roids...well maybe not.

February 1, 2011  11:43 AM ET

the mets, will cut down the payroll, to 65,millions, and 75 millions limit, maybe they just try to go small market, like the pirates???

February 1, 2011  11:53 AM ET

the yankees, keep adding extra arms, now they just sign freddy garcia, and if everything goes well, garcia could be third on the rotation!!

February 1, 2011  12:02 PM ET

Jose Reyes to the Angels would be nice!!!!

February 1, 2011  12:03 PM ET

Nothing wrong with reducing payroll. The Mets may even find a way to improve in the process.
Pagan instead of Beltran for starters.

February 1, 2011  12:07 PM ET
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the yankees, keep adding extra arms, now they just sign freddy garcia, and if everything goes well, garcia could be third on the rotation!!

gee thanks for the good news alacran...

 
February 1, 2011  12:38 PM ET
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Goes to show you what happens when you give someone the power to comment on anything without the ability to grasp reality.The man was 28 when they signed him. He went 16-7 2.53 in 2008, 13-9 3.13 and 11-9 2.98 in 3 years with the Mets. A team that couldnt score runs for him.Next time you decide to comment from up in Shoreham, stop, think, and then lock yourself in a closet with an angry badger. Dimwit.

Nice try idiot. The point is they signed him to a long term deal, and he is clearly not the dominating pitcher he was when he was with the Twins (so yes he is on the downside of his career). Doesn't mean he is a bust, just not the pitcher he was with the Twins. Given the fact that he can't go an off season without surgery only supports the fact that the Mets should trade him now while his value is still high (since it is highly unlikely they will be competing for a World Series this year or next).

I can't blame your angry response, I guess when your Mom finally lets you out of the basement you have to take out your frustration somewhere ;-)

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