I was just looking at the current roster and doing some quick back of the envelope calculations and here is what I came up with.
Rotation (as of today): Santana, Dickey, Niese, Gee and Harvey. Total cost $39 million, of which $30 million is Santana including his buy out.
Bullpen: Francisco, Parnell, Mejia, Edgin and any one or two of Carson, Ramirez, Hefner, McHugh and Familia. Total cost is $9 million including the estimated arbitration raise for Parnell.
Catcher: Recker, Thole. Total cost $1.5 million including Thole's arbitration raise.
Infield: Davis, Murphy, Tejada, Wright and Turner: Total cost $15 million including Davis and Murphy's arbitration raises and deducting for Wright's deferred salary.
Outfield: Baxter, Duda, Kirk and Valdespin. Total cost $2 million.
That's $66.5 million for 20 players or if they add another one of the young guys to the pen $67 million for 21 players.
Add the $6 million being paid to Bay this year and it's $73 million.
It's been stated repeatedly that, at worst, payroll will be the same as last season and on a number of occasions it was said payroll could increase to the $100 million range.
With 21 roster spots occupied, no big name free agents being brought in and the only trades under discussion reducing payroll even further, what four players are going to account for the additional $21.5 million it would take to match last year's payroll?
That's what I'm thinking. Here's the other thing, take $36.5 million off for 2014 for Santana and Francisco's expiring contracts. Even adjusting for Wright, assuming we will have to pay $7.5 million to Bay, raises and another round of arbitration it should still be around $55 million.
Does anyone honestly believe we will take on $45 million in additional salary in 2014?
Thanks for telling it like it is. You state a sad story.
LETS GO METS!!!
Recoup ones losses.
And bring down the spending to a level that is indicative of the income they have now, not the income they had during the Madoff heyday.
It all makes perfect sense.