Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/6/12
Adam Rubin at ESPN New York again points out why it’s hard to fathom the Mets making any considerable moves of note in light of the undeniable facts of their 2013 payroll obligations:These six players alone total $79.5 million:Santana $25.5 million + $5.5 million buyout = $31 millionBay $16 million + $3 million buyout = $19 millionDavid Wright $15 millionFrank Francisco $6.5 millionR.A. Dickey $5 millionJonathon Niese $3 millionAnd that means, on a $100 million payroll, the other 19 players can average no more than $1.08 million a player. (And that’s highly generous figure, since you use more than 25 players during a season because of DL trips. Add to that players such as Ike Davis potentially making $2.5 million to $3 million as a first-time arbitration-eligible player and the money evaporates quickly.)The minimum salary for 2013 is $490,000.It’s the reality of this situation that makes it difficult to believe there will be any of the wholesale changes we keep hearing about.They have four
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