Can the Mets make 2011 interesting?

Wait 'til next year? Bad contracts, Wilpons' financial issues pose major hurdles

Updated: August 25, 2010, 9:56 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Man up, New York Mets fans.

It doesn't necessarily get better next year.

The problem: Just as the New York Knicks had to tank a couple of seasons while clearing cap space for a free-agent run at LeBron James, the Mets may have to bide their time until 2012 before resuming relevance.

Only then will the Mets potentially have cleared $51.5 million in salary off the books from four players alone.

In the interim, the Mets may be forced into a ...

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