Winter Meetings Preview: The Math Doesn’t Add Up For Mets

Happy Sunday, everyone. On the eve of the Winter Meetings I wanted to put together a primer of sorts that includes our 2018 payroll commitments, arbitration projections, and a review of the team’s top questions and concerns.

Guaranteed Contracts – $72.0 Million

Yoenis Cespedes – $29,000,000

David Wright – $20,000,000

Asdrubal Cabrera – $8,250,000

Jerry Blevins – $7,000,000

Juan Lagares – $6,500,000

Arbitration Eligible – $43.3 Million

Jeurys Familia – ($7.425M)  $8,675,000

AJ Ramos – ($6.55M)  $8,500,000

Matt Harvey – ($5.125M)  $5,500,000

Jacob deGrom – ($4.05M)  $8,250,000

Wilmer Flores – ($2.2M)  $4,200,000

Travis d’Arnaud – ($1.875M)  $2,450,000

Noah Syndergaard – ($605K)  $2,600,000

Hansel Robles – ($553K)  $650,000

Zack Wheeler – ($800K)  $2,500,000

The number in parenthesis represents each player’s 2017 salary while the second number is the projected salary for 2018. In 2017 these nine players earned $29.2 million dollars. That number is projected to climb to $43.3 million.

The most significant increases will go to Jacob deGrom who will see a $4.2 million raise next season. Wilmer Flores, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler will all see roughly $2.0 million dollar increases. AJ Ramos will cost the Mets $8.5 million in 2018, that’s a hefty chunk of money for the righty setup man.

Current Projected Payroll:  $122,300,000

So if you were to total the figures from the guaranteed contracts, team options and projected arbitration amounts, we get a total of $115,300,000 in approximate payroll for 14 players.

Allowing for the major league minimum of $610,000 for the remaining 11 roster spots adds another $6,710,000 to our total, giving us a current projected payroll of $122 million dollars.

Four Burning Questions

What are the Mets’ biggest needs this offseason?

For a team that was in the World Series two years ago and won a wild card a year later, the Mets have an incredible shopping list ahead of them and many significant questions abound. Outwardly, Sandy Alderson says it’s postseason or bust in 2018, but I’ve heard the words “rebuild” and “retooling” a heck of a lot over the last six weeks.

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