The Mets’ Projected 2012 Payroll, Over Time

Quotes from Sandy Alderson, arranged in chronological order: [Updated: Howard Megdal, on top of all this as always, directed me to the article from February. Tip of the hat.]

“But we’re always going to have a very high payroll, whether it’s $150 next year or $130, that’s a function of a lot of different things.”

Star-Ledger, Feb 2, 2011

. . . the GM responded to Wilpon’s comments in Sports Illustrated that the Mets’ payroll could sink to $100 million or below from its current $140 million to $145 million range.

. . .

Alderson said his discussions with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon lead him to believe the figure will be more than $100 million, but certainly less than the current level.

“In light of all of that, I was a little surprised by the number,” the GM conceded, referring to the magazine figure. “But, again, Fred was not quoted.”

ESPN New York, May 26, 2011

“We can’t spend at will the same way they can spend. And we’re not going to attempt to try to do that, at least not over the next several years. Our revenues, basically we’ve got to get people back in the ballpark to generate the kind of revenues that would be needed to have an even larger payroll. But the fact is, even at $100 million or $110 million, we’re still in the upper echelon of payrolls. That ought to allow us plenty of latitude.”

ESPN New York, Sep 1, 2011

“Whether our payroll is at $120 million next year or $110 million, it’s not because of anything Madoff-related. It’s because we need to get a better balance between the revenues we generate and the expenses we incur.”

Newsday, Sep 26, 2011

“I think we’re going to be somewhere in that range. I don’t see us going below $100 million. But as is pretty well-documented, I don’t see us being where we are today, either.”

“So $100 million to $110 million?”

“Well, somewhere in that range. I wouldn’t say that $110 million is a cap.”

Star-Ledger, Sep 29, 2011

“I think we’re be around $100 million bucks, but we could be a little below that as we start the season.”

Conference Call with Bloggers, Dec 1, 2011

I don’t know if there’s any inconsistency here —  payroll is always between $120 million and $100 million dollars — though the last quote is the first time a payroll below $100 million dollars has been discussed as a possibility. While the projected payroll may not be trending downward, it certainly isn’t trending upwards. I’m a little worried.


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11 responses to “The Mets’ Projected 2012 Payroll, Over Time

  1. Worried? I’m livid.

    It’s nonsensical and probably shouldn’t anger me as much as it does, but I’ve never been more frustrated as a Mets fan. And yes, in a weird way, it is quite impressive.

    We have $63M in guaranteed contracts, at least $20M more on arbitration guys and minimum salaried guys, so that leaves a maximum of $17M to spend on roster. Worried. I’m livid.

    5th place here we come. Awesome.

  2. First comment says between 130-150, sooo you said consistently 100-120. Did you read it?

    • Patrick Flood

      First version of the post didn’t have the first comment; I added it this morning, as noted above.

      • I guess we don’t know since Sandy’s apparently a great poker player. But does anyone know if our maximum $17M (to get to his newly proposed maybe $100M payroll) includes retaining Reyes, because I can’t imagine that it does.

      • well there is Byrdak’s still undefined salary as part of that 17 mil, and a closer and a another back of the rotation starter… and there isn’t much of that 17 mil left for Reyes.

        unless they non-tender Pelfrey and Pagan and really go in the tank for a couple years. Which may not be the worst thing really.

      • Patrick Flood

        Byrdak is making $1 million in 2012. I think it’s $1 million. Adam Rubin tweeted it sometime last month.

  3. Change it then, i don’t know what you are trying to do

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