As Mets’ off-field issues rise, value sinks

- By Gabe Lacques USA TODAY

Forbes released its annual report on the value of Major League Baseball franchises Wednesday, led by the New York Yankees, who are valued at $1.7 billion.

But this year’s report contained jarring numbers for the New York Mets.

Burdened by debt on their new Citi Field, stung by a sharp drop in attendance in 2010 and with the looming specter of possible penal- ties against owner Fred Wilpon in connection with the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Mets are valued at $747 million, down 13% from 2010, Forbes said. According to Forbes, the average major league franchise is worth an all-time high $523 million, a 7% increase over last year.

Oswalt OK:

Philadelph­ia Phillies right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit behind the ear by a Manny Ramirez line drive Wednesday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

X-rays revealed nothing beyond a bruise, and the team said it might not prevent him from making his next scheduled start.

“He’s all right. X-rays said he’s all right,” manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday. “When he got up, he was OK.”

Short hops:

Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar returned to camp Wednesday, two weeks after being struck in the face by a foul ball and losing his left eye. He hopes to join his Class A Lynchburg (Va.) team in April. . . . Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel will enter the season sharing the closer’s role for the Atlanta Braves. . . . Texas Rangers right-hander Brandon Webb was scratched from a scheduled bullpen session because he was unable to get loosened up. . . . Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow will start the regular season on the disabled list with right forearm inflammati­on.

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