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Mets' payroll currently $95 million*

1/18/2013

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

Rotation:

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

Bullpen:

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

Elvin Ramirez (or minor league free agent such as Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, Greg Burke, Aaron Laffey) -- $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.)