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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mets 2013 Off-season breakdown and what to expect

Here is a complete breakdown of what the Mets have to deal with in the off-season. The Mets 2013 Payroll is expected to be around $100 Million.

Guaranteed Contracts

Johan Santana, SP: $31MM through 2013
Jonathon Niese, SP: $24.5MM through 2016
Jason Bay, OF: $21.125MM through 2013
Frank Francisco, RP: $6.5MM through 2013

Arbitration Eligible Players (estimated salaries)

Mike Pelfrey, SP: third time eligible, non-tender candidate
Andres Torres, CF: third time eligible, non-tender candidate
Manny Acosta, RP: second time eligible, non-tender candidate
Fred Lewis, LF: second time eligible, non-tender candidate
Rob Johnson, C: first time eligible, non-tender candidate
Daniel Murphy, IF: first time eligible
Ike Davis, 1B: first time eligible
Bobby Parnell: first time eligible
Josh Thole, C: first time eligible

Contract Options

David Wright, 3B: $16MM club option with a $1MM buyout (pictured)
R.A. Dickey, SP: $5MM club option with a $300K buyout

Free Agents

Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Kelly Shoppach, Ronny Cedeno, Scott Hairston, Tim Byrdak and Chris Young.

Out of the Arbitration Eligible Players, you could see the Mets cutting Mike Pelfrey because of the Tommy John Surgery and his $6 Million he will demand through his agent Scott Boras. Andres Torres was a big disappointment in his first term in NY and you can expect Kirk Nieuwenhuis to take over center-field. Manny Acosta was cut from the roster in April and brought back to tighten up the bullpen, but this time around probably won't be retained. Fred Lewis who seen limited action in the majors will probably be non-tendered. Johnson who spent some time in the majors could be brought back, but probably not as the Mets look to upgrade at catcher.

On the other side, Daniel Murphy should be retained around  $3 Million, Ike Davis around $2.8 Million, Bobby Parnell around $1.5 Million, and Josh Thole around $1.2 Million.

According to Multiple reports, the Mets are looking to lock up R.A. Dickey (3 Years, 36 Million) and Wright (6 Years, $100 Million) before the World Series is over.  But nothing is written in stone and if they don't, they still will probably give the final option years to Dickey and Wright and can expect them to be on the 2013 roster until the trading deadline.

Out of the Free Agents, Scott Hairston is one player the Mets would like back. The Mets desire need for a right handed bat in the outfield.  Hairston is looking for a multi-year deal and the Mets are looking to lock him up for one year, which could be the dividing line between them. The Mets would also like to bring back catcher Kelly Shoppach, but the Mets again are looking to upgrade at catcher. He could be a last resort.

The Mets will have to get creative to fill holes in their roster and trade might be the answer. Johan Santana who is owed $31 Million in 2013 might be one player the Mets look to move to free up some salary.. The obvious choice to be moved amongst Mets Fans would have to be Jason Bay, but his $21 Million dollar salary as a part time player will be hard to move.. You will probably hear rumblings about talk of either Davis or Duda being traded this winter, but not both as one will be the first basemen in 2013. My guess is Duda who lacks defensive skill and can be replaced..

All in All, it will be a interesting and busy winter in Flushing...

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