Projected Mets lineup, now tapped out?

December, 6, 2011
12/06/11
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Earlier Tuesday, I ran my projected lineup by Terry Collins, and he agreed. Let's now substitute Andres Torres for Angel Pagan. This is what it should look like then:

Torres, cf
Murphy, 2b
Wright, 3b
Davis, 1b
Bay, lf
Duda, rf
Thole, c
Tejada, ss

The Mets now seem mostly tapped out budget-wise.

Pagan for Torres and Ramon Ramirez is basically a wash. All three are arbitration-eligible, and Pagan made $3.5 million in 2011 and the ex-Giants made a combined $3.85 million.

Alderson estimated he had $10 million to $15 million to add. Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch make a combined $9.5 million in 2012, which leaves no more than $5.5 million remaining.

The Mets still need to add two backup outfielders (whether that's re-signing Scott Hairston and Willie Harris or other options), add starting pitching depth and sign a backup shortstop.

Read the news story on Tuesday night's maneuvers here.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Carlos Torres
WINS ERA SO IP
2 2.08 11 8
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Lagares .314
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18

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