(Chris Soto: The Wilpons may not like hearing it but Terry is playing the right cards here in regards to Wright. You can't expect him to be thrown in and expected to play 40 games straight, that's just not going to happen to a guy learning how to live with Spinal Stenosis. Him and Uribe will most likely split playing time 50/50 to start and depending on how Wright performs and how he feels, we may slowly see his share increase in mid September.)
Adam Rubin | ESPN New York- Outfielder Cesar Puello has been released by the New York Mets. Puello, 24, had cleared waivers, was removed from the 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas on the eve of the regular season. However, he complained of back discomfort and the Mets were forced to rescind the move. Instead, Puello spent the last four-plus months on the disabled list collecting major league pay and service time. He resurfaced in the Gulf Coast League on July 27 for one rehab appearance before complaining of more back discomfort.
(Chris Soto: Thus is the end of one of the most bizarre and confusing stories of 2015. I'm severely dissappointed in what could have been. Puello had a ton of talent and just pissed it all away with his involvement in BioGenesis. To make things worse, when he failed to make the team out of Spring Training, rather than working hard in AAA and trying to earned a spot onto the team in season, he [Based on rumors] created some crap back injury to prevent the club from removing him from the 40 man roster in order to collect MLB paychecks. Goodbye and good riddance.)
Josh Kosman | New York Post- The financial condition of Mets owner Fred Wilpon has taken another Amazin’ turn. Wilpon and co-owner Saul Katz last month quietly refinanced roughly $700 million of debt owed by the team and SportsNet New York, the regional sports network controlled by their Sterling Equities, two sources close to the situation said. Sterling owns 65 percent of SNY and 60 percent of the Mets. The new five-year loans against the separate entities carry lower interest rates and tie the maturity dates together, sources added.
(Chris Soto: Tapping into my finance and accounting knowledge here...this move goes hand in hand with the sudden payroll flexability that Sandy Alderson was given at the trade deadline. I've said this multiple times in the past and will say it again now....The Wilpons have PLENTY of money!! However, what they do not have is a ton of financial LIQUIDITY. Liquidity is a person's ability to turn assets owned into cash for expenses. The Wilpons have a ton of money in real estate which is one of the most unliquid investments a person can make. This refinancing of debt lengthens how long they have to pay off debt thus reducing the monthly cash expense payouts which in turn improves liquidity. This is probably what allowed Sandy to absorb Cespedes, Uribe, Clippard, and Johnson's salaries this season.)