Feb 15, 2013; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets owners Fred Wilpon (left) and Jeff Wilpon in attendance during spring training at Legends Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

ESPN: Current Mets Payroll About $86 Million

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York did some calculations tonight, and came to the conclusion that the current Mets payroll is just shy of $86 million.

To reach that number, Rubin added up contracts that are already on the books, what arbitration eligible players are slated to make, and what it will cost to round the roster out after that.

According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Mets had an opening day payroll in 2013 that was just north of $93 million.  However, the Mets’ accounting had last year’s payroll at $87 million.

Earlier this offseason, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that the 2014 payroll would not be lower than the 2013 payroll.  If the Mets make any other signings of note this offseason, the 2014 payroll will indeed be above the 2013 payroll.


Let’s get this out of the way…

A team in New York, that’s entrenched and has been around for over 50 years, should not be operating with a payroll between $85 million and $95 million.

The Mets, though, just emerged from the Bernard Madoff mess, are coming off five straight losing seasons (that’s resulted in plummeting attendance), and just shed a couple of burdensome contracts.

Additionally, even though the payroll will likely be relatively light heading into 2014, the Mets did invest significant dollars this offseason in Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, and Chris Young.  There’s also a decent possibility they’ll sign Stephen Drew as well.

The Mets’ payroll should be higher.  As is noted above, though, there are lots of reasons why it hasn’t yet returned to where it should be.

That’s not something most fans will accept, but no one will care if the team plays well.


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  • Ken Meoni

    Funny thing. For some reason, I had in my head that the Mets would add salary via a trade or two. But, every trade rumor has been the Mets shedding salary by trading established players for prospects. What’s your take on that Danny? Would there be any established players you think the Mets should trade for, where the team salary would go up? It seemed those rumors were around very early, but have disappeared.

    • Danny Abriano

      Not betting on it, Ken. Earlier in the offseason, there were rumors (believable or not) that they were interested in CarGo, Ryan Braun, and others. Aside from the Fielder and Kinsler trade, though, there really hasn’t been a big trade involving large salaries being moved. The outfield is filled, and my guess is that the Mets will either sign Drew or attempt to deal for a younger (inexpensive) shortstop. One potential big money addition the Mets could be interested in is Troy Tulowitzki, but there’s nothing pointing to the Rockies being open to dealing him at this point.

  • Joe.02

    The Mets need a SS and a few spare parts. The only notable salary they are likely to drop is Ike Davis. This will cost some money. So, they better not stick with that $86M. With Drew, e.g., and those spare parts (a million here, a million there, 750K there etc.) it should closer to 100K at least. Then let’s see how they do. The salary still might not be NYC-worthy, but it will do for now.

  • Dan Haefeli

    I feel it’s important to note that last year’s payroll included $43M that went to Jason Bay & Johan Santana (as well as $10.5M to Shaun Marcum and Frank Frank). So the effective payroll last year was around $40M.

    I don’t think the raw number is important so much as how it’s being allocated. This year, payroll is effectively doubling, so hopefully that leads to more success.

  • BishopLenBrennan

    The Mets are playing a shell game with the payroll figures, splitting the money owed to Jason Bay being split for 2014-2015. If they met the MLB average of about 115 Million they could sign Drew and Matt Garza giving them a solid rotation even without Matt Harvey plus the SS upgrade they need. But it is the Wilpons so they will cheap out, the money spent so far keeps their payroll close to the same as last year, but if they add in Bay’s money then it puts it over last year but like I said it is a shell game.