Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mets Considered Shutting Down Spring Training Had MLB Loan Not Gone Through

Despite assurances that the Madoff-related law suit will not affect the team's finances, a source close to the Mets told The Apple that had Major League Baseball not agreed to lend the Mets 25 million dollars, the team was considering shuttering their spring training complex in Port St. Lucie. Jay Horwitz explained the Mets thinking, "Look. Players these days report in great shape. Everyone always tells us that spring training is way too long. So we were just going to shut things down here for a few weeks and open up again during the last week of March."

The Apple has learned that the driving force for the move was the high cost of feeding and housing the players. One front office exec told us, "Have you seen that Chris Young? He's like 6 foot a billion, and eats like every meal is going to be his last one for the month. And then there's Paulino over there. You know he's a big guy too and can't even play for us until eight games into the season. Let him go get his meals elsewhere. He could be ready for the season if he starts back up on March 28th. Jeesh. And don't get me started on Ike Davis. Sure, he bats lefty and throws lefty but at the dinner table he has forks in both hands."

The same exec admitted that this is really a money driven move by the club. He said the other day he happened to walk into the clubhouse at 11pm only to see Jeff Wilpon turning over couch cushions looking for loose change. How pathetic is that?

When asked about players competing for a job Horowitz replied, "That's overblown. Remember last year? We had Pagan and Matthews fight all spring for the opening CF gig. Our 'previous manager' gave the job to Matthews Jr. for a week until it was obvious that that was a mistake. So all those spring games didn't give us a leg up there anyway. Don't worry about second base. We would have figured that out. Really, does any one of these candidates figure to be THAT much better than the others?"

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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