The Forecast In 2011 Calls For Cloudy Skies And Huge Payroll Commitments

An article by posted on August 9, 2010

Here’s a sobering thought from Adam Rubin of ESPN NY.

He lists the Mets payroll commitments for the 2011 season.

Johan Santana $22.5 million
Carlos Beltran $18.5 million
Jason Bay $16 million
David Wright $14 million
Oliver Perez $12 million
Francisco Rodriguez $11.5 million
Jose Reyes $11 million
Luis Castillo $6 million
Ryota Igarashi $1.75 million

16 players at major league minimum: $6.4 million

Total: $119.65 million

Oh, and you’d probably like to re-sign free-agent-to-be Pedro Feliciano, who is due for a raise and commitment beyond this year’s $2.9 million salary.

The Mets could backload any new contracts with a low base salary in 2011. The alternative, which is more likely, is not spending at all.

Meanwhile, hold your breath K-Rod’s contract doesn’t vest for 2012. If he finishes 100 games between this season and next, and 55 games next year, and is deemed healthy, he’s due to earn $17.5 million in 2012.

It’s amazing how quickly the salaries for Wright and Reyes have risen in the last 3 years. They are now getting paid like superstars which I have to think will effect fan reaction if they don’t hustle out of the box, become less streaky, and cut down on some of the avoidable errors in the field or on the basepaths.

When you see a payroll like that centered around 8-9 players, it really makes you scratch your head when fans say the Mets are not a win-now team. For that kind of money you expect a win-now team don’t you? Or am I just missing something? 

Hat tip to our reader Angel for the original link.

Also, according to Baseball Reference via MetsBlog, the Mets lead the Majors in the worst drop in attendance.

Citi Field attendance is down over 6,000 fans per game. 

In the rest of the division, the Braves, Phillies and Nationals are all enjoying higher attendance while the Marlins remain even. The Yankees are set to eclipse last season’s record breaking attendance and are averaging over 600 more tickets sold per game.

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