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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

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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