They are.. The Yankees did nothing this off season and people say “well their payroll increased by 30 million”. Yeah well Alex Rodriguez gets a 5 million dollar bonus and he won’t play until August. All of the players they have signed outside of Kevin Youkilis were on the team least year and had exceptionally good years (Andy Pettite, Hiroki Kuroda). Youkilis is clearly in a free fall career-wise and the losses of Nick Swisher and Raul Ibanez will have more of an impact than most people think. The Steinbrenner’s sudden responsible spending policy is for another day, but right now the Yankees are a slightly above average team at best.
The Mets have done nothing but good this off season (haven’t heard that in awhile) by starting off with a no-brainer in cutting Jason Bay. The next move they made was trading the reigning CY Young winner for a possible future superstar Catcher. Even if Travis D’Arnaud doesn’t turn into Buster Posey, he can still be a top Catcher just by hitting 275 with a few homers thrown in every year. Now that the Mets have signes Shawn Marcum as well, they’ll solidify what appears to be a pretty solid rotation behind the questionable Johan Santana. If Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have exceptional seasons, maybe the Mets can make a playoff run.
If the Mts can top off this off season by signing Michael Bourn, then I think it isn’t much of a stretch to say the Mets could possibly win more games than their cross town rival. A lot has to go right… but it’s possible.