Mets have 25 million left to spend this winter

Posted: November 25, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Sandy Alderson said this week that the 2014 payroll will be at least what it was in 2013. The 2013 payroll was at $87 million. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York recently did the math and broke down how much money is currently on the books.

Existing contracts: money

David Wright $20M
Chris Young $7.25M
Jonathon Niese $5M

Subtotal: $32.5M

Arbitration-eligible player estimates (via Pace Law and MLBTradeRumors.com):

Daniel Murphy $5.1M
Ike Davis $3.825M
Bobby Parnell $3.725M
Dillon Gee $3.55M
Eric Young Jr. $1.9M
Lucas Duda $1.8M
Scott Atchison $1.3M
Ruben Tejada $1M
Justin Turner $800K

Subtotal: $23M

To round out the roster, you need to add 13 players, at least at the $500,000 major league minimum, for an additional $6.5 million.

The total of all that is $62 million. If the payroll is going to be at least $87 million than including the Young signing the Mets still have at least $25 million they can spend this winter. The Mets may have even more payroll flexibility if (or when) they trade Ike Davis. They can still address their needs this winter if they act smart yet swiftly. It’s not time to panic just yet fellow Mets fans.

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