Bergen Record columnist Bob Klapisch, however, believes the team's payroll is what it is...
"The Wilpons absolutely can’t and won’t inflate the payroll," he said in his column Tuesday (June 23, 9:05 am). "All the Mets have to offer fans are tightly crossed fingers."
My understanding is that the truth is some place in the middle of these two reports. I've heard Alderson's current budget allows him to acquire talent due around $5 million between now and the end of the season. However, ownership has told him they're willing to spend more if it's a player that he believes can put the Mets over the hump.
The thing is, I don't think that player exists without giving up Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and/or Matt Harvey. And, I'm convinced Alderson and the Wilpons have no interest in trading these young pitchers. Now, is this because they don't want to spend on the acquiring player? Or, is it because they don't want to trade the pitching, regardless of the player's salary? I tend to think it's the latter, they love these young pitchers, but I understand people's skepticism.