So, Just Where The Heck is the Mets Salary right now?
Below, is a list of the current 40-man roster.
There are 8 firm inked contracts for the 2010 season. They are:
SP Mike Pelfrey $ 500,000
SP Oliver Perez $ 12,000,000 (yeah… I know…)
CL Francisco Rodriguez $ 11.500,000
SP - Johan Santana $ 21,000,000
2B - Luis Castillo $ 6,000,000
SS Jose Reyes $ 9,000,000
3B - David Wright $ 10,000,000
CF - Carlos Beltran $18,500,000
That totals $88,500,000.
The next list is what I project are players that will make it to opening day. Yes, there could be a trade, but I’m operation based on there being none. In my opinion, here are the guys that should remain on the 40-man, regardless where they are playing in April, and the approximate amount they will eventually sign for:
SP Lance Broadway Proj: $ 450,000 AAA
RP Jack Egbert Proj: $ 400,000 AAA
RP Pedro Feliciano Proj: $ 2,000,000
SP John Maine Proj: $ 2,900,000
RP Pat Misch Proj: $ 450,000
SP Jon Niese Proj: $ 450,000 AAA
SP Fernando Nieve Proj: $ 450,000 AAA
RP Bobby Parnell Proj: $ 450,000
RP Brian Stokes Proj: $ 450,000
RP Tobi Stoner Proj: $ 400,000
C Omir Santos Proj: $ 450,000
C Josh Thole Proj: $ 400,000 AAA
3B Shawn Bowman Proj $ 400,000 AAA
SS/2B Anderson Hernandez Prok: $ 450,000
1B Daniel Murphy Proj: $ 450,000
1B/OF Chris Carter Proj: $ 450,000
OF/1B/3B Nick Evans Proj. $ 450,000
RF Jeff Francoeur Proj. $ 3,700,000
LF Fernando Martinez Proj: $ 400,000 AAA
OF Angel Pagaan Proj. $ 650,000
That’s 20 projected players, totaling $15,300,000.
So, the way I look at it, the 2010 Mets current stand at:
7 of which will play AAA
Leaving 4 openings for the 25-man at the following positions
Catcher – Starting Pitcher – Relief Pitcher – Option
Regarding Left field, if the Mets sign someone, Martinez will play 2010 at AAA, thus, there are still four openings on the 25-man.
Pitching consists of five starters and eight relievers, which could go to nine if you use the option here.
Who’s left on the 40-man?
Nelson Figueroa, Sean Green, Eddie Kunz, Arturo Lopez, Tim Redding, Andy Green, Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan
I guess either Green or Lopez could be the eight relief pitcher, but there’s no room for Figueroa Kunz, or Redding. Green, IMO, isn’t an option for any position, and I’ve already got six guys on the 25-man that can play in the outfield, and that’s before finding a stud left fielder.
So… that leaves three slots…catcher, SP, and option, plus a left field upgrade.
Mets want a budget of $135,000,000.
Can you do this with $31,200,000?
1. Your “option” is a utility player, or 9th RP, so that’s in the $500,000 range.
2. Benji Molina got 6.5mil in 2009… so, what’s take? 8mil?
3. Your’e down to 23.2mil for an SP2 and a stud LF upgrade.
You tell me…