NEW YORK — The Mets’ deadline-week trades for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, reliever Tyler Clippard and infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe were important pennant-chasing acquisitions for the roster, but the added $8.5 million burden was notable, too.
That the Mets — whose ownership took a major financial hit when the revelation broke that their money invested with Bernie Madoff was making fraudulent returns — added midseason salary on top of their first nine-figure payroll in four years was notable for both their financial capacity to do so and their competitive reasons for wanting to. While some of that was offset by David Wright’s injury insurance money and saved salary because of Jenrry Mejia’s suspensions, management chose to reinvent in the team and add a bit more out of pocket.
New York ultimately ended its eight-year playoff absence, and their seven-year-old ballpark, Citi Field, is hosting its first World Series games against the Kansas City Royals, who lead two games to none.
No matter the outcome of the Fall Classic, Mets…