Aug 27, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks at a press conference before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Alderson: 2014 Payroll Will Not Be Lower Than 2013 Payroll

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According to Marc Carig, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson stated earlier that the 2014 payroll would not be lower than the payroll was in 2013:

At present, the Mets have a shade over $25 million committed to player salaries for 2014.  However, that number will rise to roughly $55 million after all of the arbitration eligible players are accounted for.

According to Cot’s baseball contracts, the Mets’ 2013 payroll was roughly $93 million (which included Johan Santana’s $5.5 million dollar buyout).  The Mets aren’t factoring that buyout in to the 2013 figure, which is why their figure is roughly $87 million.

Thoughts:

Before today’s payroll guarantee from Alderson, there were some who thought the Mets would head into the 2014 campaign with a payroll far lower than it was in 2013.

Now that Alderson has stuck his (really ownership’s) neck out, the chances of the Mets heading into 2014 with a payroll lower than it was last year appear to be close to zilch.

The refrain will now be “the Mets will only have an $87 million dollar payroll,” but nobody will know what the payroll number is until the end of March.  Even if the Mets’ payroll is $87 million (I think they’ll spend close to $40 million, making the payroll roughly $95 million), it would mean they spent between $30 million and $35 million on external acquisitions.

 

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