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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Mets payroll currently estimated at $87.1M

By Adam Rubin

With all of the Mets' arbitration-eligible players now settled on 2014 contracts, here's a look at where the payroll stands. Let's presume John Lannan makes the club with a base salary of $1.5 million (plus $2 million in incentives), although it is worth noting he currently is on a minor-league deal.

David Wright $20M
Curtis Granderson $13M
Bartolo Colon $9M
Chris Young $7.25M
Daniel Murphy $5.7M
Jonathon Niese $5M
Bobby Parnell $3.7M
Dillon Gee $3.625M
Ike Davis $3.5M
Eric Young Jr. $1.85M
Lucas Duda $1.6375M
Lannan $1.5 million
Ruben Tejada $1.1M

Subtotal: $76.8625M

To round out the roster, you need to add 12 players, at least at the $500,000 major league minimum, for an additional $6 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 have a payroll of $87,112,500.