Longish article. Here are the pertinent bits.
Why the Mets aren’t fixing their Tejada problem
By Joel Sherman
March 2, 2014 | 7:18pm
JUPITER, Fla. — The Mets told Jhonny Peralta they had a Ruben Tejada problem, but only offered him two years to solve it or one fewer than the superior team in New York, the Yankees, were proposing and two fewer than arguably the best-run team in the whole sport, the Cardinals.
Thus, the Mets finished a distant third on their first choice to be their 2014 shortstop because, Peralta told The Post’s Mike Puma: “The offer they made was not really good.”...
...Executives I have spoken with say the Mets have indicated they will not add significantly to their 2014 payroll. Thus, while Drew’s asking price has fallen, it will probably never sink to a level these Mets are willing to spend...
...Keep this in mind, though: The Mets are not the only team looking for a shortstop. The Yanks, for example, would like to add someone who provides infield depth now and would replace Derek Jeter in 2015...
I've been saying for years this ownership couldn't care less if the team wins or loses.
People used to argue with me.
I think everybody gets it now.
One more tidbit:
Clark: MLBPA Taking Notice Of Mets’ Mid-Market Franchise Payroll
Union Head Concerned About Possible 'Habits' Or 'Trends,' Big Names Still Unsigned March 4, 2014 12:44 PM
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Calling the New York Mets a “marquee franchise,” new players’ union head Tony Clark is paying attention to the team’s payroll.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects the team’s payroll to be between $85 million and $88 million this season, which would be a slight decrease from its $90.9 million final figure last year.
Despite the additions of free agents Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young, the Mets have a payroll resembling that of a mid-market franchise. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ payroll is over $225 million and the New York Yankees will top $200 million...
From the ESPN report of this:
...The Post recently reported that a current team loan, due to be refinanced, had payroll constraints written into the terms by lenders.
"No, we are not aware of that," said Clark, who spoke with media in Port St. Lucie after the union had its annual meeting with players.
The Mets also have disputed that reported language.
Clark also offered on that subject: "We're not consulted necessarily on the loans that are made by clubs, but we can appreciate when there is special language or special covenants in any particular loan and how that may manifest itself in the decision-making. Those are conversations that we will always have."...
As far as I know the Wilpons' creditors weren't party to the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, but were apparently setting payroll limits, thereby depressing the market. If those of us on this board are aware of it, you can bet Tony Clark is aware of it.
The previous directors of the MLBPA were all educated. This guy is a former ballplayer. It will be interesting to see how his stewardship of the union pans out.