New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Tigers trade SP Nate Robertson and 6 mil
Brewers trade OF prospect Caleb Gindl
Salary Cap: 79,350,000
Salary Cap: 74,000,000
Brian Roberts 10M
Brett Anderson 409k
Mark Ellis 11M
Jon Meloan 400k
Salary Cap: 75,000,000
Salary Cap: 45,000,000
Angel Pagan OF 750K
Brad Holt SP 400K
Brad Kilby LHP 400K
Paul Maholm SP 4.5 million
Garrett Jones OF $400,000
New York Mets
Salary Cap: 130,000,000
Salary Cap: 60,350,000
5 years, 100 million
Coming soon to a TKRO stadium near you
Perfect, because the Padres want you to play second base and again our offer is 5 years 30 million
Coming soon to a TKRO stadium near you
The Twins would just like to inform you that we will hopefully be making you an offer very soon. We have one more dire hole to fill first. Then we will begin internal discussions about making you our starting 2B. We thank you for your patience and if you wait for us, we promise it will be worth it for you.
Tony Parker | Chauncey Billups | Wally Szczerbiak | Kevin Garnett | Radoslav Nesterovic
Dear Mr. Wilpon,
Last year we opened a new stadium (Citi Field) to start a new age for the Mets. The results started off well with many sold out games but completely fell apart when we fell into injuries and could not compete anymore. We ended up watching the Yankees and Phillies play in the World Series, which did not make anyone happy. This year with all our players healthy and ready to go we feel we can compete for the championship and win it again.
The Yankees and Phillies are the clear favorites, especially after the Phillies traded for Zack Greinke. We want to change that so Met fans won't have to sit at home while their two most hated teams compete for the World Series title. Because of that we ask you for an additional 30M raise from our current payroll (to get to 160M). The reason for this is so we can sign more free agents and make more trades, to put up the best team possible to compete.
Why should we get this? Well we need to counter the moves the Phillies and Yankees have just made. Because of your lack of desire to over-slot and pay for unproven talents, we have struck out plenty of times in the draft due to not taking the best player available. The Phillies on the other hand overslot continually and gained the reigning two Cy Young winnings because of this fact (Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke). I understand why you do not want to overslot but this just means that we need more money to invest in trades and free agency, which is why the 30M is so essential.
We also feel that the 30M is warranted and deserved because of the moves we have recently made to make people forget about the Yankees-Phillies World Series and our bad 2009. We have vastly improved the rotation with the acquisitions of Maholm, Lilly, and Bedard. We have also improved our outfield and infield with the moves for Garrett Jones, Aubrey Huff, Ryan Sweeney, Ramon Hernandez, and etc. We have also improved the bullpen with the signing of Octavio Dotel. And not only that, but we have also gotten rid of the bad contracts that the previous GM incorporated in Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, and we have turned them into good players in return. And we have done all this while keeping the top prospects in the system, not giving up on the future. We now need an additional 30M to go complete our offseason with a big bat signing and more. And another important fact is that our payroll last year was 150M [http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/200...ork-mets.html] and I don't know about you but fans DEFINITELY will not be happy if the payroll was to go down (which it did). After the year we had last year, fans are anticipating a higher payroll so we can go out and become the best team in baseball, not restrict spending. If you want fans to show up to games next year (and make a big profit) you will need to spend money to show them that you want us to forget about 2009 and want us to become the best team in the league.
I know the Madoff scandal hurt the team and hurt you financially, but the best way to get through this is to spend money. Look at the Yankees this past year, even with the big payroll and the luxury tax they made a lot more money then they put in. The reason, they put up the best team possible in order to do this and because of that, won the World Series and made approximately 100+ million in profits from the World Series alone (http://riveraveblues.com/2009/10/yan...d-steak-19163/). We need this money to compete and get to the promise land, so we can finally bring a title back here since Queens needs one, it has been way too long since we had one (at least two decades: Last one being 1986). I know that we lost money last year because we did not win games and people stopped showing up (even with reduced ticket sales), and we need to change that this year. Not having the money needed for the best players have hurt us for way too many years, so we need it now. Look at what happened to our outfield last year, we did not want to spend money on Manny Ramirez or Raul Ibanez and ended up with the worst offense in the league. We took the chance on Pelfrey as a #2 instead of going after a Derek Lowe, CC Sabathia, or AJ Burnett and look how that hurt us also. We didn't even go get Randy Wolf and he ended up having a great year. Lets not make the same mistake this year, we need proven talent instead of "potential" talent (which we've tried in the past and failed).
I feel that 30M increase will give us the opportunity to get the proven players and create a team that will be far superior to the Phillies and the Yankees. Lets make everyone forgot about the Phillies as the 2008 champions or the 2009 NLCS champions. And forget the Yankees as the 2009 champions.
The Mets have not had a championship here in over two decades, lets change this. Lets become the best team in New York, the best team in the National Leagues, and the best team in baseball. Only with more money is this possible. So I feel 30M isn't too much to ask for as we would still just be in a 160M dollar payroll, still much less than the Evil Empire Yankees (so fans will not complain).
And having less money than the Phillies is just unacceptable, especially since we are in a superior city and we are a superior team. You said in the beginning of the offseason that the Mets are spenders, show that to us then! If we are spenders than we should be able to spend... And bringing the payroll down from last year is not a way of spending.
If anything can we just start with 15M so we can sign John Lackey today and complete the rotation so that it can beat the Phillies and Braves? Then from there we can focus on hitting and complete our championship team
Kyubi256 + 5+7=Dynasty!!! + johnnydollaz89
Last edited by kyubi256; 11-18-2009 at 09:03 PM.