"Do you actually believe the mets won't ever sign another big FA?"
Did I say that? I highly doubt they will sign any big free agent anytime soon though. EVERYTHING they are doing right now is all centered around "cost efficiency." If they SAY they will spend, I have to SEE it to believe it. I think I've earned the right as a Mets fan to be skeptical. Ownership has lied before and wouldn't be surprised if they did it again.
"Yea just on every thread...it gets annoying"
If you don't like how I am dissatisfied with ownership, then don't read my posts. Simple.
But I don't think ALL of the decisions they make are wrong or considered wrong by MLB. They hired SA and have made some strides to improve the farm. Since hiring Sandy I don't know that you can say they have made many bad decisions that would hurt MLB. I think that argument is rather thin. They paid back that loan from MLB that they got a few years ago. Are refinancing their debts in order to get their house in order which is a good thing. I don't think that MLB has a real case against them, friend involved or not. They will have to see, like the fans will, what happens in the next few years before it can be determined if they have a plan or not.
Not defending the Wilpons but I don't see that they have risen to the point of being striped of the team.
Selig was VERY lenient on the wilpons during the whole madoff thing. I still don't believe that they "didn't know" about madoff's dishonesty....maybe in the beginning they didn't but when you are making a ridiculous returns (12% or so? Not sure what the exact number was) in a DOWN economy where ALL interest rates are in the toilet...doesn't that throw up a red flag? Despite what I think, that matter was settled in court and the point is moot anyway.The madoff garbage was the wilpons SECOND involvement in a ponzi scheme. Selig was also VERY lenient with loan repayments and giving out loans to the wilpons as well.
As for Alderson, wasn't he assigned by Selig to the wilpons to help them with their finances (payroll cuts)? I like what SA is doing as far as rebuilding the farm but the wilpons making record cuts in payroll is NOT improving the team. It has already been cut by 50m+ and if the payroll stays as it is now, it will be another 20m+ cut off of payroll. A 70m+ slash in payroll in 2 years is unacceptable for a NY team. It will also most likely get cut AGAIN next year since I don't believe the wilpons will spend the 30-40ish million in payroll that is coming off the books after this season.
"I don't think that MLB has a real case against them, friend involved or not."
For a SPECIFIC violation, you're right...they don't. It wasn't like it was for mccourt where there was a clear violation of MLB rules. The wilpons' problem is more in generalities....which is why it is a judgement call on whether they are owners who are making the right decisions or not. Since it is a JUDGEMENT call, it is very easy to look past certain things and give BS explanations. This is where the favoritism helps the wilpons.
There IS a plan. The wilpons WANT to win and WANT to get better....NO owners doesn't want those things. The difference is that the wilpons are not COMMITTED to improving the team. It is pretty evident that their PRIMARY(not their ONLY) objective is to cut costs. As long as improving the team fits into the cost cutting plan, then the wilpons are fine with it.
What angers me is that they won't even spend a LITTLE bit on someone like Ludwick or make a trade for Willingham. Those types are not signed to crazy contracts and would make a world of difference to our OF problems. I'm not saying we should have signed Greinke, Hamilton, Upton, etc....but I DO expect them to sign a few MAJOR LEAGUE players to play at the ML level.