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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Mets payroll now at about $75 million

By Adam Rubin

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.