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Report: The Mets truly are flat broke this time

Mayor Bloomberg Makes Announcement With MLB Commissioner Bud Selig And Mets Owner CEO Fred Wilpon

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon (R) and the Mets’ mascot Mr. Met attend a press conference at City Hall May 16, 2012 in New York. It was announced that at Citi Field and New York Mets will host Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star game. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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That’s what Michael Salfino, a writer for the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports has to say:

As Salfino admits, he’s a writer, not a news-breaker. Still, while it’s entirely possible his source is incorrect, this isn’t a case of a writer making something up for publicity.

That said, I still wouldn’t buy the idea that a David Wright extension can’t happen because the Mets have no money. An extension wouldn’t up Wright’s 2013 salary, and having Wright in the fold would likely make the team more attractive to a buyer should the Wilpons be forced to sell.

But let’s assume the report is true. How stubborn must the Wilpons be? The fans want them gone and they could pretty much solve their personal financial problems by selling, yet they’ve been entirely content to drag the team down with them.

Update: Salfino has since deleted the above tweets, though he didn’t disavow the contents of them. Judging by his followup tweets, he put his status as a Wall Street Journal freelancer in jeopardy with his attempt to break some news.