Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, the GM told reporters Wednesday at Citi Field. In the last two weeks, Alderson saved $11.6 million in 2017 salary by trading veterans Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker -- all of whom are eligible for free agency after this season. At the same time, he added $2.3 million by acquiring RHP AJ Ramos, who is under contract in 2018. According to Alderson, he spent more money than Ownership expected this past offseason, so he felt compelled to shed some of that payroll as the team fell further and further out of playoff contention. The Mets began this season with $154.4 million, which was
When Aaron Judge hits the long ball, and Wednesday night he hit one of his longest into the third deck at Citi Field in the Yankees’ win over the Mets, everyone marvels at where the ball lands. Except for Judge. He doesn’t watch. He runs the bases. Head down. Mission accomplished, 37 times so far. Here’s why. “In my senior year in high school,’’ Judge told The Post on Thursday night before the Yankees beat the Mets, 7-5 at Citi Field, “I had a ton of major league scouts at the game. I thought it would be cool to kind of show off. In my first at-bat I hit a ball to center field that I thought was a long way out. So I started watching. And then I started to take a nice little jog to first. The
The Mets had to scratch both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores an hour before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees due to ribcage injuries, so Travis d'Arnaud — normally a catcher — borrowed David Wright‘s glove and played third base for the first time in his career. The first two batters the Yankees sent up to the plate in the first inning were left-handed.