Archive: March 28th, 2011

Matt Himelfarb Evaluates Mets Final Roster Spots

NOTE: this is a post by Matt Himelfarb; please direct your comments to him.

With Pedro Beato now a lock to make the big league club, Jason Isringhausen, Manny Acosta, and Blaine Boyer are left to fight it out for the final bullpen spot.

The cold, calculating,  pocket-protector-perfectionist in me says the Mets should let Izzy walk, despite his well documented Disney-worthy resurrection this spring. Why fans and beat writers alike are so overcome with nostalgia for an overrated former closer who last pitched for the Mets almost 15 years ago is beyond me. All I see is an injury risk offering little upside, and a man who hopes his Jimmy Morris impression will net him a 15-year pension (Izzy has a little over 14 years of service time) on top of the $56 million he’s already pocketed over his career. Sorry to rain on the parade of the emotionally-driven, ignorant members of boobus Americanus, but Acosta has at least some upside and a clean medical record going for him.

At the end of the day, though,

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X Factor: Mets Cash Flow

As much as the Mets owners and upper management consistently deny it, the team’s financial struggles have affected the organization’s overall performance, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Because the team could not secure a line of credit via traditional means (i.e., banks), they required a secret, private loan from MLB just to cover operating expenses. When they burn through that dough, they will be broke again and out of options — they can’t dip into Bud Selig’s coffers again. The Wilpons’ only recourse is to

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