I hope everyone is staying safe over the next couple days! If you still have power and internet, maybe this can keep you busy for a few minutes.
MLB Trade Rumors just posted its projects arbitration salaries for 2013, so I think this is a good time to take another look at what the Mets and Sandy Alderson have to work with this offseason. According to MLBTR
, the following arbitration figures are most likely for our players:
- Mike Pelfrey - $5.7MM
- Andres Torres - $3.2MM
- Daniel Murphy - $3MM
- Ike Davis - $2.8MM
- Bobby Parnell - $1.5MM
- Josh Thole - $1.2MM
- Manny Acosta - $1.1MM
We know Pelfrey is gone and with any sanity Torres is as well (he's not terrible, but I don't think the Mets have $3.2MM laying around to pay a 4th outfielder). I haven't heard what the team's plans for Acosta are, but I assume that could go either way. So adding David, Parnell, Thole, and Murphy to the currently signed players and the pre-arbitration players (who will make around $.49MM, the minimum salary) and including the picked-up options for Wright and Dickey...we have a payroll of $85.2MM for 15 players who will most likely be in the majors. Add in 10 more players to round out the roster at minimum salaries and we're up to $90.1MM as a grand total minimum payroll just to field a team in 2013.Of course we all know neither Wright or Dickey's salaries aren't set in stone. With extensions, either could see a pay increase this season. That aside, it looks as if the Mets will indeed have close to $10MM to spend this offseason (with that minimum salary of about 1/2 a million already accounted for in any free agent signings). The most glaring holes in the roster are a catcher, several relief pitchers, and possibly an outfielder. How do you think the Mets should spend the ~$10MM?