“But we’re always going to have a very high payroll, whether it’s $150 next year or $130, that’s a function of a lot of different things.”
– Star-Ledger, Feb 2, 2011
. . . the GM responded to Wilpon’s comments in Sports Illustrated that the Mets’ payroll could sink to $100 million or below from its current $140 million to $145 million range.
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Alderson said his discussions with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon lead him to believe the figure will be more than $100 million, but certainly less than the current level.
“In light of all of that, I was a little surprised by the number,” the GM conceded, referring to the magazine figure. “But, again, Fred was not quoted.”
– ESPN New York, May 26, 2011
“We can’t spend at will the same way they can spend. And we’re not going to attempt to try to do that, at least not over the next several years. Our revenues, basically we’ve got to get people back in the ballpark to generate the kind of revenues that would be needed to have an even larger payroll. But the fact is, even at $100 million or $110 million, we’re still in the upper echelon of payrolls. That ought to allow us plenty of latitude.”
– ESPN New York, Sep 1, 2011
“Whether our payroll is at $120 million next year or $110 million, it’s not because of anything Madoff-related. It’s because we need to get a better balance between the revenues we generate and the expenses we incur.”
– Newsday, Sep 26, 2011
“I think we’re going to be somewhere in that range. I don’t see us going below $100 million. But as is pretty well-documented, I don’t see us being where we are today, either.”
“So $100 million to $110 million?”
“Well, somewhere in that range. I wouldn’t say that $110 million is a cap.”
– Star-Ledger, Sep 29, 2011
“I think we’re be around $100 million bucks, but we could be a little below that as we start the season.”
– Conference Call with Bloggers, Dec 1, 2011
I don’t know if there’s any inconsistency here — payroll is always between $120 million and $100 million dollars — though the last quote is the first time a payroll below $100 million dollars has been discussed as a possibility. While the projected payroll may not be trending downward, it certainly isn’t trending upwards. I’m a little worried.