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Opening Day payroll projection

1/12/2012

With the roster seemingly now virtually complete, here's a look at the projected Mets roster and payroll. It looks like a 37 percent payroll decline from 2011 (about $143 million):

Rotation

Johan Santana, $24 million

R.A. Dickey, $4.25 million

Jon Niese, $500,000

Mike Pelfrey, $5.5 million (arbitration estimate)

Dillon Gee, $500,000

Subtotal: $34.75 million

Lineup

Andres Torres, cf, $2.75 million (arbitration estimate)

Daniel Murphy, 2b, $500,000

David Wright, 3b, $15 million

Ike Davis, 1b, $500,000

Jason Bay, lf, $16 million

Lucas Duda, rf, $500,000

Josh Thole, c, $500,000

Ruben Tejada, ss, $500,000

Subtotal: $36.25 million

Bench

Scott Hairston, of, $1.1 million

Ronny Cedeno, if, $1.15 million

Mike Nickeas, c, $500,000

Justin Turner, if, $500,000

Mike Baxter/Adam Loewen, of, $500,000

Subtotal: $3.75 million

Bullpen

Frank Francisco, $5.5 million

Jon Rauch, $3.5 million

Tim Byrdak, $1 million

Ramon Ramirez, $2 million (arbitration estimate)

Manny Acosta, $1 million (arbitration estimate)

Bobby Parnell, $500,000

Long man/second left-hander, $600,000

Subtotal: $14.1 million

Other

D.J. Carrasco, $1.2 million

TOTAL: $90.05 million