Jeff Wilpon was among representatives from the Mets who were pitching in at a Garfield, NJ school for a service day a year after Superstorm Sandy and spoke about the team’s offseason outlook:
- Wilpon said that the Mets are not handcuffed in any way in terms of payroll (Kerwick)
- Named David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese as the only players locked into their positions for 2014 (Ackert)
- Team have expressed interest into trading for a first baseman from the Mets (Carig)
- He is not worried about Matt Harvey rushing back from surgery (Kerwick)
- The team did not make an offer on Jose Abreu (Kerwick), but said if he was a corner outfielder instead of a first baseman, it may have changed things (Carig) — Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox
- Official radio announcement (reportedly with WOR) will come “any day” (Diamond)
Michael Baron, ContributorSomething has got to give between Duda and Davis, so it’s not surprising to hear these comments about them. The one thing Duda might have working in his favor is his salary. Even through arbitration this winter, Duda likely won’t earn more than $2 million in 2014, whereas Ike will not earn less than $3.1 million in 2014 (and will likely receive some kind of raise through arbitration). On the other hand, both his salary and control make Duda a more attractive trade piece this winter, given his power potential and propensity to get on-base, as well.