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.