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Jeff Wilpon says firmly: "The payroll is going to go up next year" and talks about "flexibility" after contracts come off books in 2014 "
Still got to see it to believe it, but I guess that is better than what we have heard previously.
That's nice and all. But going up from what? if it's going up from 90 or wherever they are now to 95, it isn't really a big deal.
Furthermore, next years FA crop isn't a group the Mets should be interested in raising payroll for. that's just a mistake waiting to happen. Well besides Robinson Cano & maybe Jacoby Ellsbury (personally i hate the idea of giving big time bucks to an injury prone mess like Ellsbury) that is.
Honestly it won't look good, but the best course of action for the mets to take is probably to lay off of FA for next year also. There's just nothing available that's worthwhile.
They were at $74.5 at the end of 2012. They deferred $15 million from Bay's contract. Santana, Wright, Dickey, Francisco, Niese and what they're paying Bay account for $59 million. Davis Murphy, Thole and Parnell will probably add another $8 million to get to $67 million for nine players.
Tejada, Kirk, Duda, Harvey, Gee, Baxter Edgin, etc are all minimum salary. Let's say they have 11 minimum salary guys on the roster. That's another $5.5 million. So we're at $72.5 for 20 players.
Assuming payroll is really going to be the same as last year that should leave $22 million to fill five spots or payroll is going down again.