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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Executive Director of MLBPA Supports Mets Owners

Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, voiced his support for the Mets and their owners Thursday while making his annual visit to the organization’s training complex.

Weiner was asked about the effect the financial troubles and legal issues faced by the Wilpon family, which have hindered the Mets’ spending ability, might have on players throughout the league.

“The Wilpons want to win,” Weiner said. “I don’t know much about the legal circumstance. But the Wilpons have been strong owners, and whatever’s happening outside with respect to them, is happening outside.”

The Mets this year cut their payroll by nearly $50 million. This week the agent Scott Boras suggested that big-market clubs had an ethical obligation to spend money.

“I think it should be a concern of anybody in baseball if a flagship franchise, whether that’s the New York Mets or the Los Angeles Dodgers, or anybody else, is hampered in their ability to do their business,” Weiner said. “In any given year, some teams are going to be more involved or less involved in the free-agent market. We look forward to a time when the Mets can again, without any restriction, be the flagship franchise they have been.”

Weiner was asked by a reporter if the owners’ past actions had earned them a measure of leeway in his eyes, and he agreed: “The way they’ve conducted themselves throughout their tenure is what I’m relying on,” Weiner said of his support. “They have some good will in the bank.”

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