No fan-base in recent history has been more disappointed in a team coming off a NL Pennant more than those who root for the New York Mets.
By Aniello Piro
There is no doubt that the New York Mets operate like a small market team with a small market payroll while playing in the biggest sports market in the world. Its a problem, and it drives Mets fans crazy every second of everyday.
Adam Rubin of ESPN did a poll on Twitter to get the opinions of Mets fans about the teams payroll. The results were as expected:
Troll poll: Is the #Mets‘ payroll too high, too low, or about right?
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 26, 2015
In 2015 the Mets opening day payroll was $100,133,953 which ranked in the bottom third of baseball.
For a full list of 2015 opening day payrolls click here.
With 2016 upon us the widespread belief around the league was that the Mets would be big time buyers in the trade and free agency markets this offseason.
That has not been the case. The moves the team have made are solid, but will not put them over the top.
The Mets payroll will not increase that much in 2016 and a majority of the increase will come from arbitration eligible players.
As it stands now, with the possibility of an addition of a complementary outfielder, the Mets projected opening day payroll looks like so:
- David Wright $20M
- Curtis Granderson $16M
- Neil Walker $10.5M (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Asdrubal Cabrera $8.25M
- Bartolo Colon $7.25M
- Lucas Duda $6.7M (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Addison Reed $5.8125 (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Alejandro De Aza $5.75M
- Matt Harvey $4.25M (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Jerry Blevins $4M
- Jeurys Familia $3.85M (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Ruben Tejada $2.58M (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Juan Lagares $2.5M
- Jenrry Mejia $1M
- Carlos Torres $875K (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Travis d’Arnaud $600K
- Kevin Plawecki $600K
- Wilmer Flores $600K
- Michael Conforto $600K
- Yet-unsigned righty-hitting OF $600K
- Jacob deGrom $600K
- Noah Syndergaard $600K
- Steven Matz $600K
- Zack Wheeler $600K
- Josh Edgin $600K (arbitration-eligible/estimate)
- Two among Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles and Sean Gilmartin $1.2M
All numbers are according to the reports written by Adam Rubin.
So in total the Mets went up roughly $6 million dollars compared to last year. To put all of this into perspective David Wright alone will be taking home roughly 20% of the teams payroll.
The Mets a team based in New York has a payroll of $107 million dollars next year. That’s less than Star Wars made in a day.
— SEAN O’CONNOR (@seanoconnz) December 22, 2015
Related: What Is The Mets Offseason Plan?
The questions Mets fans are dying to have answered are why won’t the team spend money?
Well, there are a few answers.
- They are saving to make a strong push to resign some of their young pitching
- They do not see anyone that fits their needs on the open market
- Obvious financial issues with the owners
Mets fans need to understand the team may be in one of the worst financial situations in the history of sports, but even though they lack financially does not mean they wont spend. The team may move up slightly in the payroll rankings among other teams, but will be a middle of the pack team for years to come.
We saw the Mets give a big contract to David Wright just a few years ago, and just because its David Wright does not mean anything. Money is money. They gave Granderson a nice sized contract that is worth $60 million, and we saw they were willing to give that amount of money to Ben Zobrist.
So, the Mets are willing to spend in order to get the guy they want, but they just are not in the market to sign any big name flashy type of players, and that has been the case for some time now.
Any way you put it the Mets finances are a joke, but we have seen that they will not always let them get in the way of winning.
Bottom line is the finances and ownership need a fix, but they will do what is necessary to keep the club competitive for the time being. The only question that remains is this: Will the teams conservative approach lead them to a championship?