Moments ago I read this post that was featured on Mets Blog. The post was written by Chris Walendin, and it shows where the $102.2 million the Mets are spending this year is going. I’m not going to pretend like I didn’t know most of this, but it’s still sad to read about. The amount of money on the 2013 New York Mets payroll attributed to players who aren’t on the team or active is appalling. If anybody has been wondering (I haven’t been) why the Mets have been so awful, look no further.
The New York Mets are paying their outfield (not an outfielder, but their entire outfield) $3.2 million. That’s actually laughable. Starting pitchers are receiving a combined $8.6 million, and the bullpen just $5.5 million. In regards to the pitching, thank God the Mets have Parnell and Harvey making next to nothing. Without those two, the bullpen and starting rotation would be a complete and utter disaster. Ever heard of the saying, “You get what you pay for“? Yeah apparently it’s true guys.
The infield is the only area where the 2013 New York Mets payroll actually makes any sense. Mets infielders make a combined $24.6 million, which is very respectable. However the infield total pales in comparison to the whopping $39.2 million on the disabled list. I get that nearly all of that is from Johan Santana, but still…wow. Let’s not forget that $21.1 million of the Mets payroll is simply not on the roster any more (screw you Jason Bay). To quote Chris Walendin from his post (which I highly recommend you check out), “the Mets are paying 25 guys $41.9M to play baseball for them, and 6 guys $60.3M to not play baseball for them“. Hopefully the 2013 New York Mets payroll serves as a guide for the future. They can call it, “The 2013 New York Mets Payroll: How to Construct a Violently Disappointing Baseball Team“. Catchy right?