How the Mets could gain ground

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.