Monday, February 25, 2013
Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing
Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:
The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.
The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …
The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.
However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.
John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.
Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.
Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.