THE SKILL SETS ARE NOT EATING GOVERMENT CHEESE, AT LEAST NOT YET

 

 

Low budget sure keeps me on my toes
I count every penny and I watch where it goes
Were all on our uppers were all going skint
I used to smoke cigars but now I suck polo mints

 

 

A lot of times I can be very dense (hard to believe I know) like when putting together Ikea furniture or stuffing too many clothes in the washing machine and now I can add to the list, under estimating the Bernie Madoff rip off on the Skill Sets. The reason I’ve looked at this situation in a different light is due to my favorite ESPN.com writer Bill Simmons who has a column up on the NBA that brings out the leagues money woes. If someone were to write a No Benjamins Assciation about MLB (Money Left Behind) the Mets would play the lead in the story.

 

If it were just a weak economy the Mets would have a dented piggy bank but the Madoff rip off has put a torpedo blast in the bow of the SS Skill Set.

 

Why is Manny not a Met? Money, the lack there of is why. It has nothing to do with attitude or fitting in with the team as Manny would be fine on both points. It’s money. In fact you won’t see another Big Ticket free agent signed by the Mets for a long time and I bet they are now putting money aside for when Jose Reyes and David Wright come up for new contracts in 2012 and 2014 respectively and thankfully Johan Santana became a Met last year as if the same scenario was playing out this season he would never be in Orange and Blue.

 

 

With all the talk about the inefficiency of the 5th starter spot and how Petey is looking rejuvenated unless he signs for $1 mil Petey’s not coming back here. Same with Pudge Rodriguez he’s not coming here either and it’s not so much the talent equation but the money situation.   

 

 

 

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  1. Meh on Manny…Obviously he would have been a nice fit on this team, but Omar has worked on getting younger, and Manny kinda goes against the grain on that one. If you ask me, I think part of the anti-Manny thinking was that bringing in Manny in ’09 precludes the team from going after Matt Holliday after the season, considering the dollars involved, and the lack of positions, especially when you factor in young prospects like FMart…I can see their 2010 outfield being Holliday, Beltran, FMart from left to right.

    I think you are overstating the money situation. We as fans have no idea whether the cap the team put on the payroll was to in fact keep the salary under the lux. tax, as they have done over the past few years, or because of Madoff.

    Further more, I don’t understand why people can’t accept the notion that the reason the Mets did not pursue Manny was simply a baseball decision?

  2. By the way…best use of RDD lyrics I’ve seen in a long time.

  3. David in Manhattan says:

    Steve, great link to the NBA article at ESPN. Scary but thoughtful.

    Ravi, it is true that Manny does not fit some of Omar’s probable goals… get younger, get faster, healthier, less expensive, try to develop the players in the Club’s minor league system…

    And the Holliday-Beltran-FMart outfield might be on his mind…sounds pretty good to me too.

    But he and Manny have been crab-walking for years, measuriing each other, making little feints, they are both Dominican New Yorkers, and I really did think that this year it was going to happen…and the Mets would have become immediate favorites to win the NL East and go deep in the play-offs.

    I blame Bernie Madoff. When the owner loses his pile, and the economy is STILL in freefall, it must suck away away the cockiness that it takes to toss around another $60 million for three years, even to get Manny Ramirez.

    Our team scored as many runs as anyone last year, and our pitching will be much improved in 2009…let’s get this thing started!!

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