How the Mets could gain ground 

March, 17, 2013
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With word Wednesday from New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon that the club's payroll can now get back to the levels it sat prior to the organization's dealings with a lawsuit stemming from the Bernie Madoff situation. The club spent between $125 million and $150 million on payroll four straight years, starting in 2008. In 2011 they doled out more than $140 million to players on the 40-man roster, a number that dipped by nearly $50 million for the 2012 campaign. Wilpon says all that is behind them now, and GM Sandy Alderson can proceed as he wishes.