Mets 2016 Payroll Projects To $139 Million

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Here is the most current Opening Day payroll projection for 2016.

Guaranteed Contracts ($120.125 Million)

Yoenis Cespedes – $27.5 Million

David Wright – $20.0 Million

Curtis Granderson – $16.0 Million

Asdrubal Cabrera – $8.25 Million

Bartolo Colon – $7.25 Million

Lucas Duda – $6.725 Million

Alejandro De Aza – $5.75 Million

Antonio Bastardo – $5.375 Million

Addison Reed – $5.3 Million

Matt Harvey – $4.325 Million

Jerry Blevins – $4.0 Million

Ruben Tejada – $3.0 Million

Juan Lagares – $2.5 Million

Jenrry Mejia – $2.47 Million

Carlos Torres – $1.05 Million

Josh Edgin – $625 K

Arbitration ($16.6 Million)

Neil Walker – $11.8 Million ($9.4M)

Jeurys Familia – $4.8 Million ($3.3M)

That amounts to $134.255 million for 17 roster spots, not including Jenrry Mejia who starts the season on the suspended list. I used an aggregate of $600,000 to calculate the remaining eight roster spots at $4.8 million dollars.

Projected 2016 Payroll  – $139.06 Million Dollars

That puts the current Mets payroll projection at $139.06 million dollars or roughly $36 million more than Opening Day in 2015.

There’s also a possibility they could add another reliever to the bullpen, which could bring the final number past the $140 million dollar level and closer to $145 million.

I don’t know about you guys, but as for me, I’m going to tone down my rhetoric against the Wilpons moving forward. The truth is that they pledged to spend accordingly once the fans returned to Citi Field and they did exactly that.

The Mets are now exactly where I want them to be as an organization on the verge of great things and that’s what I’m choosing to focus on in 2016. It’s time to drop that heavy, burdening sack of bricks and move on. LGM

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