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Mets' payroll will hinder team's success

Slashing budget to $100M will complicate the Amazin's ability to compete in '12

Updated: October 20, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

The St. Louis Cardinals entered the regular season with a payroll of $105.4 million. The Texas Rangers started with a $92.3 million payroll. Those two clubs are meeting in the World Series.

So a payroll between $100 million to $110 million -- the projected range for the New York Mets in 2012 -- in itself is not an impediment to winning a title. Except, in the case of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's club, two factors will make achieving success at that payroll level far more challenging:

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