Mets payroll now at about $75 million

December, 7, 2013
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So what is the Mets' 2014 payroll now that Curtis Granderson appears coming on board at four years, $60 million? It's not yet clear whether the money is evenly distributed, but let's assume so and do the math ...

Existing contracts:

David Wright $20M
Granderson, $15M
Chris Young $7.25M
Jonathon Niese $5M

Subtotal: $47.5M

Arbitration-eligible player estimates (via Pace Law and MLBTradeRumors.com):

Daniel Murphy $5.1M
Ike Davis $3.825M
Bobby Parnell $3.725M
Dillon Gee $3.55M
Eric Young Jr. $1.9M
Lucas Duda $1.8M
Ruben Tejada $1M

Subtotal: $20.9M

To round out the roster, you need to add 14 players, at least at the $500,000 major league minimum, for an additional $7 million.

So the rough calculation at this point is the Mets currently have a payroll of $75.4 million.

Sandy Alderson has said the Mets should have no lower than an $87 million payroll, so look for about $12 million or so more in spending.

Of course, Davis and Murphy very well could get traded, which means as much as $9 million could be freed to spend elsewhere, less the contracts the Mets got back in any such trade.
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

BA LEADER
Juan Lagares
BA HR RBI R
.314 1 7 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 12
OPSJ. Lagares .816
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18

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