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3 things: Mets money, projecting Juan Lagares’ value & a Stephen Drew update

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Word comes this morning from New York Post writer Josh Kosman that New York Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have made their biggest move of the off-season. Thanks to an increase in franchise value as a result of the record sale price of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, Wilpon and Katz had no difficulty finding banks willing to refinance a loan weeks ahead of the due date of a $250 million principal payment.

The new loan still has to be approved by Major League Baseball, but with Fred Wilpon’s good friend Bud Selig still in charge, that’s likely to be a formality.

What this means: Wilpon and Katz, who might have been forced to sell the team if the refinancing negotiations went badly, will continue to own the Mets for the foreseeable future.

The payroll will continue to hover around its current range, and Sandy Alderson (or whoever takes over for him if his contract is not extended) will have to continue to look to the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays for a blueprint to possible success. Not ideal, but not quite completely hopeless.

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Another day, another loss

Ryota Igarashi (photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Mets lost again on Sunday, falling to Arizona by the score of 5-3. They were swept by the Diamondbacks and have now lost five straight.

The Mets need to pitch better, play better defense and get more timely hitting if they want to climb back to the .500 mark.

As much as I hate to say it, it’s time for Ryota Igarashi to go. There must be a better reliever to promote from Buffalo, Even if there’s not, there’s no point in carrying a pitcher who cannot throw strikes.

I wonder if the Diamondbacks have their own version of the Mets’ injury “curse.” They already lost their shortstop, Stephen Drew, to a broken ankle. Now in this series, first baseman Xavier Nady broke his hand and Sunday’s starter Jason Marquis broke his shin. So far, Arizona’s injuries haven’t prevented them from winning… let’s see what happens over the season’s final weeks.