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
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187