What You See Is What You Get For the 2010 New York Mets...Sort Of.
Don't expect to see the return of Bobby Valentine, at least not in the home dugout of Citi Field, and don't expect to see a young innovative new General manager perched high above the ballpark on his cell phone.
According to Mark Hale of the New York Post, Fred Wilpon was quoted as saying that he will "absolutely bring Omar back as GM next season."
To which, Minaya stated with regards to the up in the air status of his manager, "Jerry is my guy..We work well together."
The long and short of it is that these are your New York Mets. Not the ones currently storming the field to try to overthrow the Phillies tonight but the ones getting special massages and inordinate amounts of attention from the medical staff—those are your New York Mets in 2010.
Of course there will be some changes. It looks as if Daniel Murphy will remain at first and we have seen the last of Carlos Delgado. J.J. Putz will likely not have his option picked up and Billy Wagner already appears to be heading to greener, or should I say redder, pastures.
It's also likely that we will see a different side of Omar Minaya in this future—mostly none at all as the Mets will put media reps to good use and monitor Minaya as if he were in witness protection.
Jerry Manual will probably have a short leash as he will be in the final year of his contract but what remains to be seen is if the Mets will reinvest in themselves after the season.
According to the Record's Bob Klapisch, the Wilpon's may have lost a whopping $700 million from the Bernie Madoff scandal, which, if true, would greatly compromise any future flexibility on the free agent market.
With the expiring contracts of Wagner, Putz, Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado and others it's completely feasible that the Mets keep could payroll around $100 million.
As it stands the Mets will only have $93 million in obligations for 2010.
And as it stands these are you're New York Mets—maybe—sort of.
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