NEW YORK METS: Walk Silently, But Carry A Big Stick.
If Only.... The Best Jeff Wilpon Can Do For Himself And The Team, Is To Let Sandy Alderson Conduct Negotiations, And As Owner, Clam Up and Just Cut The Checks.
Why wouldn't Scott Boras tag a jab at the Mets? He's an agent who seeks to withdraw money from owners, and if you're one of those owners who talks of being a player, but winces at the first sight of dollars and "sense", then a man - a super agent like Scott Boras will issue due respect, or lack thereof.
- Jeff Wilpon says the free-agent asking prices are "a little scary" right now.
What happened to entering the off-season with renewed confidence? Now ownership comes off as wholly contradictory, and looking timid. Why open yourself up to such ridicule, when you're already an easy target to begin with?
I do not know what possessed this man to speak - speak the way he did, and potentially sabotage any footwork conducted by his GM, but it must be exorcized from him pronto. And while at it, muzzle him too.
The Wilpons do not just pay a general manager, but Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi handsome salaries as well, to negotiate player affairs and transactions for the organization. So, let them, uncomplicated by counter-productive sound bites.
While I'm at it, I think the general manager has sent out mixed signals as well. We went from being able and willing to spend money on free agents this off-season, to next not wanting to offer $100 million dollars to anyone, to then recently revealing signing two outfielders is very unlikely. I call it - the laws of contracting promises - where promises are not broken, just reworded and somehow downscaled from their original grandeur. Some might call that bait and switch.
This is certainly all about semantics. I'm in no rush to spend Wilpon's bucks for the sake of simply giving the appearance of being active players in the market. I do not believe in stop-gap players either. I just want these people to get their story straight, and not have my general manager taken aback by something the Boss's son said.