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Mets payroll to be around $100 million in 2015?

By Danny Abriano
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Looking forward to 2015, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN, the “educated bet” is that the Mets’ payroll sits near $100 million.

When discussing the Mets, the topic of the payroll is never far behind. Their payroll has dipped from $142 million in 2011 to a shade under $85 million on Opening Day of 2014, making the focus on the team’s finances to be expected.

If Rubin’s educated bet turns out to be true, that laser-sharp focus may start to shift. However, a payroll at or near $100 million in 2015 wouldn’t pave the way for exorbitant spending.

According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Mets’ payroll in 2015 will be at or near $90 million or so before any external acquisitions are made. That number is due to the fact that several players (such as Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, and Dillon Gee) are due raises via arbitration. Additionally, the club will have to tender contracts to many other players on the 40-man roster.

Thoughts:

As Adam Rubin points out and as the numbers on the Cot’s/Baseball Prospectus website show, the Mets might only have $10 million or so to work with for external acquisitions heading into 2015.

However, due to a glut of starting pitching, the Mets will very likely deal one pitcher between Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, and Bartolo Colon. Depending on which pitcher they deal, that would free an additional $5 million to $11 million for 2015.

There are also talks that the club could dangle Daniel Murphy, whose 2015 salary is expected to be around $9 million.

A potential trade of Murphy wouldn’t be a strictly financial decision. Yes, freeing up roughly $9 million would be advantageous, but with Murphy a year away from free agency, there have been no indications that the Mets believe he’ll be worth what he gets via free agency. Additionally, with both Dilson Herrera and Wilmer Flores able to handle second base, any offensive dropoff from dealing Murphy may be minimal.

Heading into 2015, the Mets’ focus should be on acquiring offensive help in the person of a corner outfielder and shortstop. With the free agent market thin, the Mets’ best bet would be to use the trade route while filling those spots.

Either way, having more money at their disposal – even if all of it isn’t allocated right away – would certainly be advantageous when it comes to putting together next season’s roster.

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