The question is whether or not the Wilpons will be spending any money this off-season to compete in 2013. My point in previous posts was if they invested $4M in a fifth starter and/or a veteran LOOGY it is paid for itself if an extra 1000 fans show up every game...if putting a competitive team on the field this year adds 5000 per game its another $20M in revenue. Go from 2.1 million attendees back to 3 million...figuring each attendee is worth at least $50 apiece minimum in tickets and concessions and $45M gets added to the pot. You want to pay off loans and Madoff paybacks? You do it by putting a decent product on the field....and if you stay in the race through Labor Day you make a profit.
With no Dickey to draw fans every fifth day the team must stay above .500 for most of the season in order to get fans to show up until TDA and Wheeler debut. Will Harvey and Niese be so impressive that they draw a bigger crowd on days they start? Can't count on that. The current roster plus the Bay payout [50%?] is at about $70M...enough to add Hairston [$7.5M], Marcum [4.0?], a LOOGY or two [3.0] and still keep payroll well under $90M. What are we? Kansas City? Pittsburgh? I for one will show up less often if the team starts the season with an outfield of Duda, Nieuwenhuis, Cowgill and Baxter and Familia and Mejia as our only fifth starter candidates. And I know I speak for many fans out there. Opinions?