Mark Hale of the New York Post talked to Mets GM Omar Minaya, who said he has permission from ownership to increase payroll if necessary. According to Minaya:
"We've been told that whatever we need to do to get to help us win, we're going to try to do it. [The payroll is] not unlimited. But there is the ability to increase if we need areas that need to be addressed."
Hale tosses out trade suggestions for starting pitchers and corner outfielders, two possible areas of need later this summer.