Sandy Alderson softens payroll talk

Updated: May 26, 2011, 8:22 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

CHICAGO -- The end of the world would not have necessarily been a welcome occurrence. But New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson noted it would have saved the organization a ton of grief.

"I was thinking, 'If the world had ended on Saturday the way it was supposed to, we wouldn't have to deal with these issues,'" Alderson quipped Wednesday at Wrigley Field, as he attempted to soften payroll-slashing fears.

A day after Alderson felt compelled to address principal owner Fred Wilpon's ...

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