Fred Wilpon’s wallet may do far more damage to his team than his words.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the Mets’ principal owner predicted next year’s payroll would be chopped considerably, leveling off below $100 million. The team’s financial woes continue to hang over a sub-.500 season. The Mets have already asked Major League Baseball for several loans and Wilpon is being sued for $1 billion as a result of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

“There are a lot of things we don’t even know about,” outfielder Jason Bay said. “It’s just an unfortunate turn of events.”

The team gathered before last night’s late game to discuss Wilpon’s previous comments, where he ripped several of his star sluggers and call the Mets a sh—y team.