GAMO-RAYS

In the latest missive from the WWL, Peter Gammons is trying to sell the fact that the Skill Sets are not swimming in cash as it appears:

{The Mets don’t have the kind of money everyone thinks, especially having to pay Billy Wagner $10M next season. They will spend to get a starter, a reliever and a bat to supplement Ryan Church in right and the Daniel Murphy/Fernando Tatis platoon in left.

 

No one knows what impact the economy will have on baseball, especially in New York, but someone is going to pay a price for the national debt increasing by $450B in October. The Mets are not going to jump over the luxury tax threshold, so they will continue to build around David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, figure Mike Pelfrey will continue his quantum leap forward, and do their best to fill in around them.}

So a team that owns a television station, has a brand new ball park in the most populous city in the country and has sold all his suites and will draw a minimum of 3.5 mil fans has no money to improve the team? And tell me what the National debt has to do with the Mets finances? Sorry Gammo I’m not buying it. I’m not ready to go out and buy a pennant because I don’t think building through free agency is the answer but don’t you dare insult the Mets fan base and cry poverty. By the way to read the whole article you have to pay to read it.

 

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  1. I’m not buying it. Forbes mag did a thing back in April about the values of franchises and their operating revenue. The Met$ were the # 2 valued franchise at $824 billion and they were 3rd in operating income with $32m (behind the Nats and Bucs if you can believe that) They also had the 3rd highest revenue with $235m.

  2. sidd finch says:

    It’s funny that people always seem to under estimate the Mets when it comes to spending money. They are not getting Pedro, they are not getting Beltran, Santana, etc. I don’t think the Mets will be going cheap on us.

    Gammons does not take into account the fact that any money that the Mets pay due to the new stadium can be used to offset the luxury tax.

    As far as paying to read someone’s column on the internet, ESPN can go pound sand.

  3. Whoops. I meant to say $824 million. Guess I got confused with all the money congress has been throwing around

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