Here’s the latest accounting on the Mets payroll, according to the man who’s supposed to be holding all the cards. Sandy Alderson said that the Mets payroll for this past season ended up around $87-88 million. He asserts that the Mets have approximately $40 million coming off the books this winter, and they have just $25 million committed next season to David Wright and Jon Niese.
Based on MLBTR estimates, the Mets will be adding another $24.1 million to the $25 million they already have in guaranteed commitments for a total of $49.1 million for 13 players.
Add in another $6 million dollars for non-free agents like Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Scott Rice, Juan Lagares, Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Centeno, Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker and Josh Satin.
That puts the Mets at about $55 million in payroll before they make one addition to the team. So what’s the plan? I mean realistically, how much will the Mets increase payroll?
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