Presumably, those costs don’t include the expense of acquiring any new talent you might actually have to pay for. One might think going 1-7 since the All-Star Break might create some sense of urgency on the part of Fred Wilpon or Sandy Alderson, but much the way Miguel Batista “believes” the Mets are superior to the NL East-leading Nationals, perhaps ownership is equally convinced a .500 record on July 21 is accomplishment enough.