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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mets News and Notes: 2013 Payroll, Santana, Trading Santana, Cablevision Blackout, AL Central in 2013, Mejia

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets' payroll, which suffered an historical one-year drop last offseason, is expected to remain the same, at roughly $90 million, for 2013... "They may have $10 million to $15 million max to spend -- if Sandy is lucky," the source said.

The largest salary commitments coming off the books this winter:

• $5.6875 million from the expected non-tendering of right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who missed most of the season following Tommy John surgery on May 1.

• $3.5 million for right-hander Jon Rauch.

• $2.65 million for right-hander Ramon Ramirez.

• $1.15 million for infielder Ronny Cedeno.

• $1.1 million for outfielder Scott Hairston.

• $1 million for left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak.

Add in the potential non-tendering of arbitration-eligible outfielder Andres Torres ($2.7 million) and that would mean roughly $17.8 million being freed -- with gaping holes to fill.

Terry Collins said he will confer with Sandy Alderson in New York on Monday to discuss a plan for Johan Santana. The expectation is Santana will proceed with a scheduled Thursday start against the Rockies at Citi Field. But neither Collins nor pitching coach Dan Warthen wanted to guarantee that appearance because the manager had not yet learned whether Alderson prefers more strongly to shut Santana down for the season.

Santana is making $31 million next season, including a buyout of 2014. He also has no-trade protection. And his current string of sub-par outings -- a franchise-record five straight starts of six-plus earned runs allowed -- raises the question of what he can be post-shoulder surgery. Still, Santana is not completely unmovable in a trade, a baseball executive suggested to Andy Martino in the Daily News. “Very limited trade value ... not ‘untradeable,’ but would have to have another big contract involved going to the Mets," the executive wrote in a text message, according to Martino. "Plus Mets would probably have to kick in some more because not many [players are] making $31 million for one year. Trade would have to [be] mostly salary-driven on both sides.” 

Cablevision customers were unable to watch Saturday's Mets-Nats game on WPIX because of a dispute between the network and cable provider. Sunday's game also is due to be televised by WPIX, again leaving customers in the dark, barring a settlement.

The Mets will line up to face the AL Central in 2013 ... The Mets would host the Tigers, Royals and White Sox in 2013 while traveling to Minnesota and Cleveland. There also is the annual home-and-home series with the Yankees, which is expected to be reduced to two games in each borough.

The Mets haven't faced the White Sox since 2002 -- their longest drought against any AL team.

Collins said it's possible Jenrry Mejia could appear as a starter for the Mets next month. 

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