Jeff Wilpon, at a Fire Department event on Randall's Island on Thursday, had this to say about the state of the Mets less than a month before spring training:
"I think Sandy [Alderson] and his staff have put together the best team we can to get on the field and now it's time to get out there and prove that we're better than people think."
About some fans' notion that the Mets are being penny-pinchers this offseason: "I don't think they realize the payroll's up in the $145 [million] or better range. I don't think people realize that. Unfortunately, we were somewhat hamstrung by what had happened before. Sandy's plan was to go and deal with it this year and make sure we have tremendous flexibility next year."