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“Madoff offers Wilpon endorsements in the article, trying to absolve the Mets ownership family of knowledge of the Ponzi scheme. The disgraced Madoff wrote Toobin in an email: "Fred was not [at] all stock market savvy and [brother-in-law] Saul [Katz] was not really either. They were strictly Real Estate people. Although I explained the Strategy to them they were not sophisticated enough to evaluate it properly, nor were most of my other individual clients. They were not in a position to perform the necessary due diligence and did not have access to necessary financial info or records." In a separate phone interview with Toobin, Madoff says: "He must feel that I betrayed him, as do most of my friends who were involved. Hopefully, they will understand the pressures I was under. I made money for them legitimately to start, but then I got trapped and was not able to work my way out of it. It just became impossible for me to extricate myself, or even try and extricate myself." Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
He thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money. He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it.” -- Mets owner Fred Wilpon,
on shortstop Jose Reyes