Show me where Wilpon didn't want to spend in early 2000?
Also, yes, spending will often coincide with new products. When you have a new product, you are anticipating increased revenue. So, obviously, you spend more...
The problem with this team has never been spending. The problem has always been who they spent the money on and when and when not to trade prospects. All the way back to 1998 there has never been an issue with spending money.
N.Y. Yankees: 65,663,698
Los Angeles: 62,806,667
N.Y. Mets: 58,660,665
2001NY Yankees: $92,538,260
Los Angeles: $88,124,286
NY Mets: $79,509,776
2002NY Yankees: $109,791,893
Los Angeles: $108,980,952
NY Mets: $93,174,428
2003NY Yankees: $125,928,583
Boston Red Sox: $108,366,060
Texas Rangers: $105,302,124
Arizona Diamondbacks: $102,820,000
LA Dodgers: $94,850,952
NY Mets: $94,633,593
2004NY Yankees: $ 152,749,814
NY Mets: $ 117,176,429
The top payroll team is first and then count down. That is where the Mets where in total payroll.N.Y. Yankees: $182,835,513
New York Mets: 100,629,303
Baltimore had the highest payroll in 1998??? $71M was the highest payroll 15 years ago? wow
What I am saying is when you look around the league outside of the Yankees going HAM the top teams after that all spent around the same amount of money pretty much every year.
2004: 4th highest
2005: 3rd highest
2006: 6th highest
2007: 3rd highest
2008: 2nd highest
2009: 2nd highest
2010: 5th highest
2011: 7th highest
2012: 14th highest
Teams at the top levels often leapfrog over each other as they alternately sign top free agents. Bottom line is that ownership remained in the upper echelon of payrolls until Madoff was exposed and arrested.
If someone wants to call ownership conservative, maybe in some areas, definitely in one, but when it comes to payroll, consistently ranking in the top 5 is not "cheap". Ranking in the bottom half would definitely be cheap imo.
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They also traditionally spent less than most other clubs on the draft and prospects.
The only time the Wilpons make an effort is when they're getting ready to maximize profit from some new venture. Otherwise they couldn't care less about the Mets. What we're seeing now is what we can expect, all things being equal - garbage.
The Mets as they are now are standard Wilpon product.
I don't doubt they'll finally reinvest the team's revenue in players in a couple of years. They'll be looking to draw rubes to the consumerist carnival they're opening around the mallpark.
Why are people arguing with me? It hasn't happened. They're still spending nothing! Sandy's got a plan and we're going to be fiscally conservative from now on, right? We're sticking to the plan, right? I'm just making a crazy, off-the-wall prediction, right? So why do their usual defenders feel the need to argue over something that hasn't even happened yet - that goes against everything we've been told about their new, alleged philosophy? The only real evidence I'm basing my prediction on is a Wilpon spending pattern they vigorously deny exists! So why are they arguing with me? Because they know in their hearts, barring some unforeseen change in facts on the ground, it'll happen more or less like I'm saying!
Three or so years is a long time. Anything can happen. I can't guarantee they'll open the floodgates and finally spend like they always should have over the next couple years. Maybe the courts will stall or stop the development. But if it pans out like I expect, please don't argue with me a year or two down the road that the Wilpons suddenly care about the Mets or winning. They regard Mets fans with cynical contempt and only give them decent baseball when they roll out a new mega-venture they need them to cough up money for.
Regardless, they suffered a catastrophic loss. It was real to them. Some of the profits were indeed fictitious, but a respectable portion of the lost monies were certainly very real. The Wilpons were victimized. There is every reason to give them fair opportunity to recover.
Last edited by Dugmet; 12-06-2012 at 06:23 PM.