Sandy Alderson pokes fun at Mets

Even the general manager of the New York Mets is poking fun at the team's finances.

Sandy Alderson joined Twitter (@MetsGM) and his very first post read: "Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven't left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution."

Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Alderson was playfully responding to a New York paper that pointed out the GM was driving to Port St. Lucie -- Horwitz said Alderson drives because he takes his dog.

The Mets are facing financial uncertainty in large part because the trustee for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme is going after the team for $386 million in ill-gotten gains. Alderson recently revealed that the team lost $70 million last season and is looking at the single-season record for a drop in payroll at $52 million.

The Mets are being proactive in the Madoff mess. Sterling Equities Associates, which owns the Mets, appealed to the Supreme Court on Feb. 3, hoping the high court will help them recover money lost.

Sterling Equities wants justices to reverse a lower court ruling. That ruling approved the way the trustee determined who can get money from a special fund set up for Madoff investors. Under the current ruling, Sterling would not be immediately eligible to participate in the recovery fund.

It will likely take months before justices decide whether to hear the appeal.

Madoff ran a massive Ponzi scheme that cost thousands of investors billions of dollars. A trustee is trying to get back some of the money for investors.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin and The Associated Press was used in this report.