In a profile chronicling Wilpon's early days and focusing on his current countersuit against a trustee seeking to recover funds lost in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, Wilpon spoke about the 2011 Mets to The New Yorker, focusing on three players in particular.
He indicated that the Mets would not pay top price to re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes, saying: "[He] thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money," a reference to Crawford's recent seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox. "He's had everything wrong with him. He won't get it."
Wilpon also criticized himself for the team's signing of outfielder Carlos Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million contract in 2005, calling Beltran "65 to 70 percent of what he was."
And though Wilpon lauded third baseman David Wright as "a really good kid" and "a very good player," he opined that Wright is "not a superstar."
"Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times," Wright said in an e-mail statement to reporters Monday morning. "There is nothing more productive that I can say at this time."
A team spokesman delivered the club's only public response shortly before 7 p.m. ET, saying simply: "We are dealing with this internally."
Manager Terry Collins told the New York Post on Monday that he doesn't expect the comments to affect Mets players.
"These guys are professionals, and I don't think a lot of that stuff fazes them," Collins said. "The media around here can be very critical at times and I think these guys are aware of it and you've got to go play. They can't worry about anything else."
Beltran and Wright will have an opportunity to address the media prior to Tuesday evening's game in Chicago.