Sandy Alderson, John Ricco, Paul DePodesta and JP Ricciardi held a Q&A with season-ticket owners last night at Citi Field.

According to tweets from the event, curated by ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Alderson said:

"The reason we haven't spent the money is not because of Fred Wilpon. It's because of me. … We understand what the market dictates and we have to be prepared to exist in that market. … Am I going to recommended that we sit here in New York City and function like the Oakland Athletics for the next 10 years? No I'm not. … I'm not asking you to believe me until you see some manifestation of that, which I hope is sooner rather than later. … We don't want to be there one year and gone the next."

The team has been hinting all winter that Alderson has money to spend, roughly $15 million these days, and it's up to him how or when he uses it. Similarly, it's up to you whether to believe that or not. I've heard all the crazy conspiracy theories on why he isn't spending. I don't buy in to them, but I do like that Alderson acknowledges that the proof is ultimately in the product he builds (be it today's or tomorrow's). The thing is, as far as 2013 goes, even if he was given a $20 million budget for new acquisitions, it wouldn't have been enough money to sign a big-time bat, a starter and relievers. He would have been bargain hunting either way. And, even if he had more to spend, would that make signing Nick Swisher to a five-year deal any less wrong? No. Swisher for five years is a bad idea regardless of budget, payroll, and who is writing the check. The same goes for Melky Cabrera, or giving Josh Hamilton a long-term deal to play in New York City at 31 years old. Bad baseball moves are bad no matter how much money you have in your wallet… just ask the Yankees.