Alomar Disgruntled With Lack of Extension

Roberto Alomar arrived at Port St. Lucie on Monday and made it clear to the public that he is not happy with the situation he has been placed in by the brass of the Met franchise. The second basemen revealed that the organization notified him a week ago that they have decided not to grant him a contract extension in Spring Training, according to several newspaper reports.

In 2002, Roberto Alomar had trouble in every aspect of the game, and saw his All-Star reign come to end after batting a paltry .266. He went from Most Valuable Player candidate in 2001 to Disappointment of the Year in 2003. Met General Manager Steve Phillips is not ready to increase his long-term debt; at least not until he sees that Alomar's skills have not severely decayed.

"Maybe I felt upset about it, because I wanted to be a New York Met," Alomar, who will make $8 million this season, said to the Associated Press. "I'm not offended that they didn't offer me a contract. Maybe I'm a little sad that I might not be here after next year."

Steve Phillips also stated that he is not going to negotiate contract extensions with any of the players that are in their last year of their contracts.

"We haven't had a lot of flexibility headed into the last couple of off seasons,'' Phillips said to the Associated Press. "I think our preference is to evaluate how everything goes and be able to make choices."

The Mets have six players on their roster heading into their walk years: Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz, Armando Benitez, Pedro Astacio, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, and Rey Sanchez.

Jeromy Burnitz talked about his situation.

``There's no reason for me to be even thinking about that, I've got seven months here to play baseball and then, for the first time in my career, be able to have those kind of choices,'' Burnitz said to the Associated Press.

The outfielder finished last season hitting .215 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He stated that retiring following the season, if things continue to go bad, is not out of the question.

"I've thought about it since the day I started," Burnitz continued to the Associated Press. "It's one of those things you think about, it doesn't mean it's something that's prominent."

Information from The Associated Press was used in their report.


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