New York Mets Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward
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Monday, July.15, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
The New York Mets are fourth in the National League East division going into the All-Star break and that won’t change in the second half of the season for this club.
The teams that are ahead of them in their division are more adept at scoring runs, and have better starting rotations. The second part could change with two young arms already in the rotation with Harvey and Wheeler.
The 2013 New York Mets
They have a foundation that they can build around with these two starters, and they just need to develop some hitters to support that rotation. The Mets do have a franchise player in Wright over at third base, but he can’t do it all alone.
He needs some help, because right now he is only viable threat on offense for the team. They do have a good young outfielder in Young, who could be a good leadoff hitter for the club.
One of the ways that the team could get better especially on offense would be to go out and acquire some bats. That is easier said than done, with the team trying to save money instead of spending it on potential free-agents.
The Mets have a good young core group of pitchers and there are hitters in their minor league system. The fans will just need to be patient, because in a couple of seasons maybe the Mets will look at the standings and find themselves in first place.
New York Mets Payroll 2013 in Millions Signed Players:
Johan Santana SP: (25.5) (Signed through 2013 with a club option in 2014. The club option is worth $25 Million, but there is a buyout for $5.5 Million.) I expect the that Mets will exercise the buyout option in the deal.
David Wright 3B: (11.0) (Signed an eight-year extension with the club worth $138 Million, which will keep him part of the Mets until 2020. Wright will donate $1.38 Million to Mets charity over the life of the contract.)
He is without question their best hitter, and will be the centerpiece for the club.
Frank Francisco RP: (6.5) (Signed through 2013 and is a Free Agent in 2014.) They could resign him to build a strong bullpen for the team.
Shaun Marcum SP: (4.0) (Signed through 2013 and is a Free Agent in 2014.) The struggles for Marcum have been apparent, and I don’t see the club bringing him back.
Ike Davis 1B: (3.1) Has another three years of Arbitrations and will be a Free Agent in 2017. He has severely regressed with his performance, but could bounce back next season for the club.
Jonathon Niese SP: (3.0) (Signed through 2016, plus there are options in 2017-18. There is $10 Million club option in 2017 and buyout of $0.5 Million. There is $11 Million club option in 2018 and another buyout of $0.5 Million. Niese is one of good young arms that they have, and made sense to lock him up to this team friendly contract.
Daniel Murphy 1B: (2.9) Has another two years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.
Bobby Parnell RP: (1.7) Has another two years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016. He could be a closer with the club for a long time, and is very effective.
LaTroy Hawkins RP: (1.0) (Signed through the 2013 season and will be Free Agent in 2014.)
Scott Atchison RP: (0.7) Has two more years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.
Marlon Byrd OF: (0.7) (Signed through 2013 season and will be Free Agent in 2014.)
Omar Quintanilla SS: (800 K) Has two more years of Arbitration left, and will be a Free Agent in 2016.
Dillon Gee SP: (527 K) Has three more years of Arbitration and will be a free agent in 2017.
Ruben Tejada SS: (514 K) Has three years of Arbitration available and will be Free Agent in 2017.
Justin Turner 2B: (504 K) Has three years of Arbitration left and will be a Free Agent in 2017.
Mike Baxter OF: (500 K) Has three years left of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.
Eric Young OF: (492 K) Has three years left of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.
Jason Bay (18.9)
Bobby Bonilla (1.1)
Brandon Lyon (750 K)
Pre-Arbitration Eligible Contracts:
Greg Burke RP: (550 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Scott Rice RP: (535 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Lucas Duda 1B: (519 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2015, Free Agent in 2018.
Jeremy Hefner SP: (500K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Matt Harvey SP: (498 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF: (498 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Jordany Valdespin OF: (496 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Jenrry Mejia RP: (494 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Josh Edgin RP: (493 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Juan Lagares CF: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
Zack Wheeler SP: ( 490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.
The total for all these salaries brings the total payroll to $92.7 Million.
Thoughts Going Forward:
The Mets are in a division that has very talented teams, and they will have to rely heavily on scouting if they prefer not to spend money on top tier players. The Mets are probably going to lose close to 100 games this season, and they will make mistakes because they are a young team. The silver lining is that fans have an opportunity every five days to see Harvey pitch.
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