Mets payroll likely to be higher to start 2016, unlikely to sign long-term deals with starting pitchers
The Mets payroll to begin the 2015 season was approximately $101 million, according to Cot’s Contracts.
And throughout the entire year, Sandy Alderson repeatedly said that if necessary, there would be payroll flexibility to add contracts at the trade deadline on July 31.
As promised, the Mets were indeed able to add four significant contracts – albeit prorated – to the roster for the stretch drive.
On Wednesday, Sandy Alderson said he hopes the payroll will open higher than it did this past Opening Day, although he did not clarify a specific figure.
Alderson did say they anticipate having similar payroll flexibility ahead of next season’s July 31 no no-waiver trade deadline.
The Mets are already committed to $92-95 million in existing contracts, raises, players making the league minimum, and projected raises through arbitration. That does not include either retaining their free agents or acquiring new players either via free agency or trade.
So by default, the Mets will very likely exceed their 2015 Opening Day payroll.
On Wednesday, Alderson cited the need to improve the club’s offense and make necessary changes to the bullpen leading uP to the ninth inning.
Asked whether or not he would consider creating cost certainty by signing any of his current players this winter – specifically some of e starting pitchers – to long-term contracts, Alderson did not forsee that as likely.
Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia are eligible for arbitration for the first time, and Jon Niese will receive a $2 million raise in 2015. They will also pay Curtis Granderon, David Wright, and Michael Cuddyer a combined $48.5 million.