The Jason Bay deal now will cost only $6mil against the 2013 payroll. My friend, Eno Sarris of Amazin Avenue has the 2013 payroll down to $81mil.
Why stop now?
Trade David Wright ($16mil) and RA Dickey ($5mil) for 4-6 minimal wage weenies. I still like my Dickey to LAD for Nick Castellanos and Scott Van Slyke. Neither has started their first arbitration year and combined would add around $1mil to the team payroll. Go as young for Travis d’Arnaud, Brett Lawrie, and Anthony Gose from Toronto. Add another $1.5mil and you have a net reduction of around $19mil.
The Mets payroll is down to $62mil and your team is:
SP - Johan Santana, Mike Harvey, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler
IF – Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Brett Lawrie
OF – Nick Castellanos, Scott Van Slyke, Anthony Gose
But, we can do better than this…
Sell a few condos and pay off the Santana ($25.5mil) and Frank Francisco ($6.5mil) deals before the end of the year. Get some bean counter to charge it all out as a 2012 expense and send it to the Commissioner for his stamp of approval. He’s like Mikey from that cereal commercial. He’ll eat anything that comes his way from Flushing.
You make Bobby Parnell your closer, promote Elvin Ramirez fulltime in the pen, and put Jenrry Mejia back in the rotation for the 345th time. Another $31mil reduction of payroll…
Rotation: Niese, Harvey, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia
Team Salary: $31mil.
You play this team for one year while, at the same time, players like 3B-2B Wilmer Flores, SP Rafael Montero, RP Jack Leathersich mature into probably 2014 roster members.
Draft time comes and there’s nothing in your way to over-slot the best four players on the board when your turn comes up.
And, you enter the 2013-2014 off-season with money on the books, in the black, and loaded for bear come the hot stove season.
Sounds a little stupid, huh?
What a ridiculous thing to do… sell off your aging superstars two months after the best season they are ever going to have for players that either were never available to you in the draft, or simply were players you made the mistake of not picking.
And what a downside. You go from losing $40mil a year to being profitable and you’ve got the entire 2013 season to figure out what position you need to cherry pick come the free agent season.
I’ve read a lot of stupid stuff written about this team in the past month so I hope you don’t mind that I took a stab at penning the absurd, but, you know, it sure would give us an awful lot to write about in the next twelve months.