Mets To Be Players For Top Free Agents

Mets GM Omar Minaya and COO Jeff Wilpon spoke to reporters today.  Notes from the conference:

  • Wilpon described the 2010 payroll as "whatever Omar needs," according to MetsBlog's Matthew CerroneBart Hubbuch of the New York Post (Twitter) passes along a Wilpon claim that the team will be major players for top free agents.  Mets fans are already dreaming of Matt Holliday and John Lackey.
  • More tweeting from Hubbuch – the Mets are prioritizing adding power, and they can't commit to Daniel Murphy as the first baseman.  Free agent SLG leaders: Jason Bay, Russell Branyan, Holliday, and Hideki Matsui.
  • Hubbuch quotes Minaya saying he's "open to changing the core" of the team.  My view: it'd still be a huge surprise to see Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, David Wright, or Carlos Beltran traded.
  • SI's Jon Heyman senses the Mets will have a $140-150MM payroll in 2010.

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