…and the Mets are missing a lot of it.
Missing where? Madoff didn’t steal this lost money. This lost money’s in players too injured to make the field – and there are a lot of them.
Angel Pagan – $.575
Alex Cora – $2
John Maine – $2.6
Ryan Church – $2.8
Jose Reyes – $5.75
Billy Wagner – $10.5
Oliver Perez – $12
Carlos Delgado – $12
Carlos Beltran – $18.5
*JJ Putz, who may be injured, and Ramon Martinez, who left last night’s game early, are not listed due to uncertainty in their health.
The total missing salary? $66.7 million
According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Mets’ 25 man opening day payroll was $149.4 million.
This means the Mets are playing with roughly an $82.7 million team right now; at 55% of their potential. This is nearly the same payroll as the 22-32 Cleveland Indians. Cleveland should not be playing as poorly as they have been, but the point remains: with the injuries the Mets are nursing, the team is in a different group of ballclubs than of late. They’re not in the group that expects to win (think Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Phillies); they’re in the group that hopes they win. The group where all the cards need to fall in just the right way, where players you wouldn’t expect it from have career years that greatly benefit their team. Somehow career years worthy of a winning team from Wilson Valdez, Jeremy Reed, and a 40 year-old Gary Sheffield don’t seem likely.
Stats can lie, but money talks…and the money says the Mets probably need to get healthy in order to win.