Mets Need Mo’ Money

Well that didn’t last long …

Any hope of getting through an entire week without mentioning a financial issue ended quickly when on Tuesday it was reported that the Mets were seeking another loan to cover basic operating expenses — and that MLB was pressuring JP Morgan to give the team a line of credit. If that wasn’t bad enough, later on Tuesday evening The New York Times had two sources confirm that MLB would no longer infuse the Mets with money — thereby explaining Bud Selig’s pressure on JP Morgan.

“It’s tapped out,” one of the people briefed on the situation said, referring to the availability of more money.

But here’s the really scary part: this issue of not having enough money to run their business from month to month began BEFORE the billion-dollar lawsuit was filed by Irving Picard in December.

Per The Times:

But the Mets appear to be under significant financial duress independent of the lawsuit. The $25 million loan, which was made after the Mets had already used up an M.L.B.-sponsored line of credit worth tens of millions of dollars, was extended to the Mets before the lawsuit was filed. Some in the industry see the loan as an indication that because of their heavy indebtedness, they are no longer able to borrow substantially from traditional commercial lending institutions.

I know, I know … we should be talking about the action on the field, not the off-field issues. But with Luis Castillo currently leading the battle for second base, I figured you’d prefer less depressing news related to the Mets.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Izzy March 2, 2011 at 9:34 am
    I hope fans are helping to keep the pressure on the Wilpons by not buying these mini packs. Because you know when the Mets get good (or is it if) the Mets will screw the purchasers by cancelling these packages just like they did when they thought Ebbets Field Two would be a guaranteed sell out forever.
  2. Mic March 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I hope the minority stake evolves into a force out.