We’ve heard scary numbers regarding the potential liability of the Mets owners in the Madoff mess. The trustee, Irving Picard, was using the B-word at times last year. Recently it was thought that their exposure could be $300 million or more. A couple of weeks ago they were ordered to pay $83 million as part of the case. And today, of course, they settled for $162 million.
But in reality, it’s a lot less than that leaving their pockets.
For starters, this is because that $162 million settlement actually includes the $83 million that they had already been ordered to pay. But the biggest thing working in their favor here is that the $162 million is to be paid out of money the Mets owners may recover in a settlement by virtue of them being victims of Madoff themselves. And they may very well recover a significant amount, as others, closer to Madoff, have put billions into a fund for that purpose.
Heyman reports that Wilpon and Katz may be out a mere $37 million net by the time this is all done. And that even then it will be payable over four years. Which is the price of a good starting second baseman.
Theoretically. I mean, it’s not like the Mets have one of those.