Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal writes today, that while the Mets have operated like a typical big-market team for years, their payroll is shrinking to a degree that is almost unprecedented within the industry, at least in this millennium.
General manager Sandy Alderson said recently that he expects the payroll for 2012 to come in at around $100 million and could even be slightly less than that. A $100 million payroll would represent a $43 million cut from the Mets’ Opening Day payroll in 2011. Since 2000, only two other teams have cut payroll by a higher amount from one year to the next, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, an online clearinghouse for player-salary data.
Between 2003 and 2004, the Texas Rangers lowered their payroll from $103 million to $55 million, a $48 million cut. And between 2005 and 2006, the Florida Marlins slashed their payroll from $60 million to $15 million, a $45 million decrease.
Of course in 2004 the Texas Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez to t...