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Monday, January 6, 2014
Mets payroll now at about $86 million

By Adam Rubin

The breakdown of Bartolo Colon's salary is $9 million in 2014 and $11 million in 2015, a source tells ESPNNewYork.com.  So what is the Mets' payroll at now, with 40 days until pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie, Fla.?

Existing contracts:

David Wright $20M
Curtis Granderson $13M
Colon $9M
Chris Young $7.25M
Jonathon Niese $5M

Subtotal: $54.25M

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 13 players, at least at the $500,000 major league minimum, for an additional $6.5 million.

Additionally, since you are paying more than 25 players at any given time since some land on the disabled list, you need to factor that in as well. A team official estimated that cost at $4 million to $4.5 million a season. So we'll take the midpoint: $4.25 million.

So the rough calculation at this point is the Mets currently have a payroll of $85.9 million.