Seven Mets became free agents last night at midnight. Their names and 2012 salaries were: OF Scott Hairston, $1.1mil, P Jon Rauch, $3.5mil, P Ramon Ramirez, $2.65mil, IF Ronny Cedeno, $1.15mil, P Kelly Shoppach, $1.35mil, P Tim Byrdak $1mil, P Chris Young - $1mil.
Okay, there’ a chance one or two of these could come back after they find no one else wants them, but, on the surface, there seems to be around $12mil off the books for 2013.
Cot lists the current salaries in 2013 as $94,508,822. Take this $12ml off and you’re around $82mil.
There’s arbitration gains and minimum wage players that will be elevated and need to be added to this figure, but it sure seems to me there is at least $10mil left to still keep the overall 2-13 payroll at “around $100mil”
Please tell me I’m wrong here. Call me old and feeble. While you’re at it, tell me my spelling sucks. But, there still seems to be enough money to build a 25-man with a decent addition, either at the catcher level or in centerfield (did you notice that Andres Torres was missing from this list?.
Let’s do the drill again:
SP – Johan Santana ($25.5mil), Jon Niese ($3,050mil), RA Dickey ($5mil), Dillon Gee ($502K), Matt Harvey ($490K)
RP – Frank Francisco ($6.5mil), Bobby Parnell (est. $800K)), Robert Carson ($490K), Josh Edgin ($490K), Jeurys Familia ($490K), Jeremy Hefner ($490K), Jenry Mejia ($490K)
IF – Daniel Murphy (est. $850K) ), Ike Davis (est. $1.5mil), Rubin Tejada (est. $520K), Justin Turner (est. $520K), David Wright ($15,350mil)
C – Josh Thole (est. $750K)
OF – Jason Bay ($18.125), Lucas Duda (est $520K), Mike Baxter (est. $520K), Jordany Valdespin (490K), Kirk Nieuwenhuis ($490K)
This is 23 players, meaning any more than two new players means someone has to be replaced. The 25-man salary would be $85,827,000.
So, if Sandy Alderson is telling the truth when he says there is “around” $100mil to pay out in 2013, the Mets still would have around $14mil to find a catcher and an outfielder.
So, what am I doing wrong here?