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Mets don't rule out being deadline buyers

As unlikely as it seems, Jeff Wilpon Tuesday night did not rule out the Mets becoming buyers and adding payroll at the trade deadline.

"We're open to whatever direction he wants to go and we'll have that discussion," Wilpon, the Mets COO, said at Citi Field, referring to general manager Sandy Alderson. "We've had plenty of them already on the direction we might be going. But Sandy has the ability to do what he has to do to make sure this team gets to as high a plateau as it can get to."

Asked if he saw the team being a buyer, Wilpon said: "It's very difficult to predict right now what's going to happen in the next couple of weeks. That's why there's a [July 31] deadline that's out there and when that deadline approaches, I'm sure Sandy will have a plan that he'll present. He's very good about being persuasive."

Wilpon said there was nothing new to report on the sale of a piece of the team to hedge fund manager David Einhorn, which both sides hoped to complete by the end of the month.

Extra bases

Manager Terry Collins had skullcaps like the ones Jose Reyes wears made up for the other players to "lighten things up a little bit." Many players wore them during batting practice . . . Ike Davis (bone bruise) will get an MRI Wednesday to see how his ankle is healing. But Alderson said Davis is still wearing a boot and is not able to run . . . David Wright (stress fracture, lower back) will have a CAT scan Thursday to see if he can advance from fielding balls from his knees . . . Carlos Delgado was a pregame visitor to the dugout . . . Hideki Matsui remained with 499 home runs between Japan and the United States.

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