Mets: An offseason plan to bring a World Series victory to Queens
By Michael Calascione
Final Roster Construction
The Mets make a lot of moves in this plan, but it is necessary to be a legitimate World Series contender. This plan will absolutely put the Mets over the luxury tax. Due to this fact alone, the team is not likely to have an offseason anywhere close to this, but it is something that would solidify a lot of holes for a long time.
The Mets have never crossed the luxury tax threshold so since this would be their first offense the tax payment is only 20% of the amount that is over $208M.
The 2020 season is the first season with the roster expanded to 26 players for all 162 games. This allows the Mets to carry an extra pitcher in their bullpen or an extra bench player.
A lot of moves have been made and a lot of money has been spent so to sum it all up the Mets 2020 40-man luxury tax payroll would be $261.5M. They would be $53.5M over the threshold so they would pay a total of $10.7M in tax fees. This is not that much money and they would make that money up in many other ways especially if they put this product on the field. The stadium would be filled every game and the fanbase would be re-invigorated.
Another part of this is that since the Mets have money coming off the books after 2020, particularly Yoenis Cespedes, they would most likely only go over the tax in 2020 and get back under in 2021. The team would have many positions filled that they would not need to spend much money in the following years unless they wanted to extend a few more of their players.
Below depicts the full 26-man roster construction that would give them their best chance at a World Series title.
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