With Bobby Parnell’s contract settled and arbitration-eligible Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy having exchanged figures with the club, we can get a better idea of what the Mets’ payroll will look like in 2013.
Mind you, there still could be an addition of Scott Hairston (or another outfielder) and Chris Young (or another starting pitcher) ... plus bullpen help. But let’s estimate where things are right now -- taking the midpoint of Murph and Ike’s figures, where they might settle before a hearing.
We’ll use $500,000 for all the players not yet eligible for arbitration, since that’s a simple and round number and reasonable approximation.
Ruben Tejada, ss -- $500,000
Murphy, 2b -- $2.975 million (midpoint)
David Wright, 3b -- $11 million
Davis, 1b -- $3.2625 million (midpoint)
John Buck, c -- $6 million
Lucas Duda, lf -- $500,000
Mike Baxter, rf -- $500,000
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf -- $500,000
The bench might include:
Anthony Recker, c -- $500,000
Justin Turner, if -- $500,000
Andrew Brown, of -- $500,000
Brandon Hicks, if -- $500,000
Collin Cowgill, of -- $500,000
Jonathon Niese, lhp -- $3 million
Matt Harvey, rhp -- $500,000
Johan Santana, lhp -- $31 million
Dillon Gee, rhp -- $500,000
Jenrry Mejia, rhp -- $500,000
Frank Francisco, closer -- $6.5 million
Parnell -- $1.7 million
Josh Edgin -- $500,000
Robert Carson -- $500,000
Jeurys Familia -- $500,000
Jeremy Hefner -- $500,000
So what’s the payroll?
There are different ways to compute payroll, but I’m told by a team insider the logical way to calculate it for public consumption is the year the salary is originally intended, even if money is deferred. (Other ways are totaling the average annual values of each contract, which is the luxury-tax standard, as well as simply how much cash is spent.)
For our method, Wright’s 2013 figure is $11 million for a payroll calculation -- the contract figure, even though $3 million is deferred. Jason Bay’s entire $21 million is still assigned to 2013, even though the Mets’ actual outlay this year is believed now to be only $6 million. And $31 million is assigned for Santana, which includes $25.5 million in salary and a $5.5 million buyout of 2014.
That yields a total payroll in 2013, including Bay, of $94.9 million. (Remember, that’s NOT cash outlay; that’s money assigned to 2013.)