Thursday, March 08, 2012
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.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
|Weiner with Big Poppi|
Trustee Irving H. Picard, trying to recover money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, sued the Wilpon family that owns the Mets and related entities in December seeking at least $300 million in fictitious profits. The Mets owners say they are victims and they also have said they will be vindicated..
During a visit to Mets camp Tuesday, Weiner said the only concern for the union is to "make sure contractual obligations to the players are honored."
"We have been assured through the commissioner's office that's the case, so there's no concern there,"
Weiner said. "As far as the broader questions, it's in the interests of everybody associated with baseball that the National League franchise in New York be a strong franchise, and the Wilpons have always attempted to field a competitive team. They've had success doing that during their tenure, and we certainly hope they are in a position to continue to do that.
"But the real key is less what the payroll of the Mets is, (it) is that a team like the New York Mets, the National League entrant from New York, should be in a position to be a strong franchise."