Optimistic.. ya gotta have hope. Heck I'm a Redskins fan and look how long it took to get one decent player! lol
This is what Jeff Wilpon said exactly:
"We have a plan, we are going to go through with that. The payroll is going to go up this year and Sandy knows the flexibility he has, and then next year when somethings(contracts) go off the books, it can go even higher."
According to my calculations, with only $6 million due to Jason Bay next year, total commitments for 2013 came to approximately $76 million. That number includes current contracts, (which had David Wright @ $16 million and R.A. Dickey @ $5 million) projected salaries for 8 arbitration eligible players (including 4 first years) and 6 pre-arb players. Today we hear that David Wright's new contract calls for his salary in 2013 to be reduced to $8 million, bringing commitments for next year down to about $68 million.
Sandy said that the 2013 payroll will be about equal to last years, which was close to $100 million. Allowing for normal payroll creep as minor leaguers are brought up, we should still have about $25 to $30 million in payroll flexibility for 2013. Now Jeff says that the payroll is going to go up this year?
It appears that we are sitting on the sidelines this week, while other teams are making moves left and right. Pretty soon there won't be anyone left to spend our newfound flexibility on. (I realize that is a bit of an exaggeration, but the better outfield targets are rapidly disappearing.) We certainly aren't going to bid on Josh Hamilton. Sandy was totally preoccupied with extending David, and now seems to be focusing solely on either trading or extending Dickey, while all else has come to a halt.
Wake up, Sandy. Jeff says you have money to spend. It looks to me as if that could be $25 million or more. Make a splash.
What is this so-called flexibility that we have this year that jeff talked about? What a crock.
I just listened to his interview with Francesa. Was anyone else DEPRESSED after listening to that? He sounds like he's divorced from reality.
If we're willing to pony up money in 14 why not enter the Hamilton fray? 4 or 5 year deals for one of the elite hitters in all of baseball? Sounds like a bargain to me.
Yes, no matter what we do this off-season we aren't real contenders with dead money to Bay and so much tied up to a mid-rotation starter in Santana, but no one available in the next FA class will have the impact in 2014 like Hamilton.
The only talent in that FA class is in starting pitching which we don't need.
Hamilton might get real cheap if Texas gets Upton.
Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if the Mets signed Hamilton? Lmao
No more than 3 years and I would be happy.