Mets projected to open with 7th-lowest payroll

According to a report by FanGraphs.com, the Mets are projected to begin the year with the seventh-lowest payroll in baseball…

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For what it’s worth, simply signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew would push the Mets to around middle of the pack.

For more details on team payrolls at the start of the season, click here




326 comments
Elisa Gee
Elisa Gee

The Wilpons forgot this is NY

John Schod
John Schod

Can the Mets become the first major market team to collect from the Luxury Tax?

Must be the ghost of M. Donald Grant!

Lee Mandarino
Lee Mandarino

embarrassing, although I would rather be in the Mets position than the Phillies right now.

tommets
tommets

Being in New York, there is no excuse we should not have a higher payroll than more than half of the teams higher than the Mets on this list.

John Ericson
John Ericson

Shows you how much the Wilpons have destroyed this franchise.  

lol @ the phillies

xplr
xplr

Oh, and by the way: The Mets finished near the bottom of MLB in virtually every offensive category. The team offensive MVP was Byrd, who is gone. The best starter was Harvey, who is gone. Our closer was Parnell, who is hurt.


Just sayin....

CharmianNeary
CharmianNeary

@JimMaisano Despite the luxury tax and draft advantages, it's difficult to make a private owner manage his team well. See Marlins.

eric88
eric88

I appeal to all the real Mets fans to sacrifice and stay home for the future health of the franchise when the banks won t lend the Wilpons and they can't pay the note and must sell.

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

The Twins?..The Padres? The freakin' Royals..Seriously? Just look at the list, and if I cared anymore it would probably p me off ..stop caring..they don't about us.

Noah Baron
Noah Baron

They should spend on Drew.  Should be a no-brainer, not sure why they haven't signed him yet now that his demands have dropped so dramatically.

jamets
jamets

Amazing that 4 of the 6 teams with lower payrolls than the Mets made the playoffs last year.


John Schod
John Schod

Payroll is a factor in combination with good scouting/player development and wise MANAGEMENT.

For example, last season when you have a young pitching stud, Matt Wheeler, in the minors that you don't bring up because you may have to pay him a couple of million dollars in arbitration down the road that is a problem.

This was more important than sacrificing the season!

Watching us lose during that stretch game-after-game to the Marlins, Shawn Marcum, Aaron "Laughly'" and several other retreads made me sick.

It was all about squeezing the buck instead of putting a winning product on the field that fans will embrace.

Gutsy players like Wright, Murph, Harvey, EY and several others deserve better than this.....

And the millions of Mets fans are starving for success and will show up in droves to see it.

elchicano
elchicano

@eric88 Mets have "outspent" the Braves 12 out of the last 20 seasons. Including 12 out of last 13 seasons.

The Braves have "outwon" the Mets 13 division titles to 1 in the same time span.

1 WS championship to none.

And tied with 2 WC each.

This is NOT including the Braves 2 division and WS appearances in 91-92.

We did however get to "outspend" them every season from 91-93 if that's what makes people happy.

Payroll is not the deciding factor here.

David Roth
David Roth

What a difference a Madoff makes.  

elchicano
elchicano

Braves won 96 games and the Division last year with 89mill payroll

mets2891
mets2891

HA, lovely.  Keep going to games guys.

xplr
xplr

I got a real laugh out of Sandy thinking we can win 90 games. Even if we had signed Peralta and Cano, I'm not sure we would. We have a lot of holes.

paulyr
paulyr

Is it shocking that Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Diego, and Minnesota all have put more capital into their team than the Wilpon's

MetsGoLetsGo
MetsGoLetsGo

At least we're not the Phillies....that's a whole lot of money for a sub .500 team.

John Schod
John Schod

When the Mets trade David Wright before the trading deadline, they will truly be a last-rate spending team!

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

money is a dumb argument unless you can tell me who they should have signed. Outside oh oh Johnny P I didn't want any of these guys at the price they signed at. Choo...would you really want that contract at this point or in a few years when the Mets will need this player. Cruz come on who knew he would go this cheap? Is he better than young with the bat yes...but not in the field. He wanted 4 at 52 mil...crazy. We all know they have money problems, but I couldn't see spending what these guys want even is it is the market at this point. Next year and the year after, I think we have an argument because we should have the best rotation in baseball with Thor, Wheeler and Harvey, plus a collection of Bullpen and back end guys. Catcher should be good as well as 2 OF spots and 3B. They will need a SS or 2b that can hit and one real strong 1B or OFer...Sandy has done a great job rebuilding after this was a mess. I know people calling out the kids saying we will see, but there is enough of them to make up half a team...we now have to see if he can pull of a great trade or sign a FA....we need a Piazza type bat


vimets
vimets

@ifti99 Parnell is hurt?

eric88
eric88

@CharmianNeary @JimMaisano  That's why we stay home. The Banks will decide whether to extend the note based on 2014 attendence. Why do you think the desparation this year with the T-shirts and the concerts and the 90 win BS. The Wilpons fate will be decided this year. Billionaire Einhorn is waiting in the wings. How would a 200 million dollar payroll sound.

vimets
vimets

@Noah Baron How come no team has signed him yet?

eric88
eric88

@jamets  Yes, it happens but they can not sustain because they can't afford the resultant contracts. The pirates waited 21 years for example. Last year the Red Sox spent, retooled and won again, just like that. They can sustain because their revenue is similar to the Mets, except they reinvest on the field unlike the Mets.


eric88
eric88

@John Schod   John, your right but then you have fans like elchino who do not care if they spend any money and can afford to get ripped off and pay big bucks to see an inferior product.

eric88
eric88

@elchicano  This is a stupid post. They won one Championship when they out spent the Mets that year. This is a ridicules example because the Mets will be 26 th in Payroll by opening day . the Braves HAVE NEVER been in the bottom half of the league in payroll, and over the years the Braves and Mets have always had a similar payrolls. I have no idea what you are trying to say. Your post is confusing at best and idiotic at worst.

eric88
eric88

What is your point, that's it's ok for my team to lie constantly to their fans, charge us more for 6 years for a AA/AS A team.

The Braves had prospects to replenish yearly where we didn't. So your comparing us to the Braves who during that time had ,FOUR half of fame players. That's ridiculous. Your the type of fool who justify,s this ownership group and allows them to continue what they have done to this fanbase. So enjoy your T-shirts and 50 cent concert. I won't waste anymore of my time responding to your silly posts defending the Wilpons. It's a waste of time.

eric88
eric88

I am sure there a point there somewhere but I can't figure what it is.

I do know the Braves and Mets have always had Similar payrolls.

xplr
xplr

@mets2891  Only a moron or very wealthy person would pay anywhere close to list price to see the mets. 

eric88
eric88

But most years it worked and they won as championship. You forgot to mention that.

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

@MetsGoLetsGo  at least the phillies try. they gave their own guy ryan howard a boat load of money and it backfired, we just let reyes go for free. think the mets need a leadoff hitter? need a SS?

eric88
eric88

Finally a worthwhile post.

zoddie
zoddie

@John Schod I will give you odds, really good odds, that this will never happen.  Care to make a wager? 

xplr
xplr

@John G Oleon  You are way too optimistic. Best staff in baseball? While I love Harvey and Wheeler, Harvey is coming off major surgery and Wheeler only won 7 games last year. Thor hasn't thrown a single pitch in the major leagues. I wouldn't put any of them in the Hall of Fame just yet! Our entire infield, aside from Wright, is at best, subpar. Two solid OF spots? Our combined OF hit roughly .220 last year. You think this is solid?????


Catcher: the jury is out on d'Arnaud. Didn't hit much last year, I hope he hits like he did in the minors, but there are no guarantees. 


Our bullpen has been awful for years; I hope it's better this year, but who really knows?


In short, the Mets have very few sure things. If we don't increase payroll, is it really that much of a stretch to see us finishing below .500 in 2014 and 2015? I hope not, but it can't be that big a shock if it happens. This team needs MAJOR help. 

vimets
vimets

@eric88 The Rays at #27 are highly predicted to win the AL East

this year.

John Schod
John Schod

It is understandable that, as fans, we want our club to field a team that stirs our passions and pride. It is up to the organization to make the right moves.

Everyone was screaming for the Mets to sign Oliver Perez and Jason Bay until things didn't work out.

Elchino is like all of us that want in the worst way to spend the summer feeling the stadium rock like Shea!

elchicano
elchicano

I said payroll is not the only deciding factor in winning.

The last 2 NL east division winners had payrolls less than 90mill. That is easy to understand.

I got 99 problems but the Mets payroll ain't one

aaar2d2
aaar2d2

@ifti99 @mets2891 the outrageous parking prices besides those unfounded ridiculous ticket prices plus the "fees".. smh. Save your entertainment dollar for something actually worthwhile
 or see them on the road.

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

@ifti99  Never said HOF but this team is young and should have a set of core players. I know about the money issues, they are a problem but considering these circumstances , this was th best plan. Reality folks.

The Bullpen was awful with FA signings ...low cost guys and minor leaguers are how most teams are going.

elchicano
elchicano

MAJOR Help?

This team hasn't taken the field yet.

We've been in far worse shape going in to the season.

John Schod
John Schod

The additional payroll allows a team to make a couple of mistakes in personnel or strengthen the bench or absorb some injuries better than a team that is stuck with what it has or, like the Mets, has to sell off its assets rather than building around them....constantly fantasizing about "the future."

It's like the 300 pound kid wanting to date the prom queen!

How good would Reyes look at SS and being our leadoff hitter this year?

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

@ifti99  and just tell me who you would have signed this year and for how much?

eric88
eric88

Oh we have been worse, really, that makes us feel better.

xplr
xplr

@elchicano  Maybe. I don't see this team being radically different from last year. Grandy=Byrd. Colon is obviously not as good as Harvey. Chris Young? Not much of an upgrade. Everyone else is pure speculation. Other than Wright, what proven commodites do we have? In fact, other than Grandy, it's unlikely that any of our other OFs would start on most major league teams. I'm not saying we won't be somewhat better. I'm saying that there are very few sure things.