This is updated to reflect that Cespedes will receive $22.5 million in the first year of the deal rather than the $27.5 million had the money been spread out evenly.
So while we are basking in the news that the Mets have apparently re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, let’s take a look at the 2017 Mets payroll with him added to it.
It should be noted that we do not know yet whether the $110 million will be spread out evenly over the four years or if it is back or front loaded. For this exercise, let’s assume even payments.
Matt Harvey: $6,000,000 (Arbitration estimate)
Jacob deGrom: $5,000,000 (Arb est)
Noah Syndergaard: $600,000 (est)
Steven Matz: $600,000 (est)
Zack Wheeler: $1,000,000 (Arb est)
Jerry Blevins: $6,000,000 (Free Agent estimate)
Addison Reed: $7,000,000 (Arb est)
Jeurys Familia: $7,000,000 (Arb est)
Hansel Robles: $600,000 (est)
Erik Goeddel: $600,000 (est)
Robert Gsellman: $600,000 (est)
Seth Lugo: $600,000 (est)
Travis d’Arnaud: $1,500,000 (Arb est)
Kevin Plawecki: $600,000 (est)
David Wright: $20,000,000 (actual)
Asdrubal Cabrera: $8,250,000 (actual)
Neil Walker: $17,200,000 (actual)
Lucas Duda: $8,000,000 (Arb est)
Jose Reyes: $600,000 (est)
Wilmer Flores: $1,500,000 (Arb est)
Kelly Johnson: $2,500,000 (FA est)
Yoenis Cespedes: $22,500,000 (actual)
Curtis Granderson: $15,000,000 (actual)
Juan Lagares: $4,500,000 (actual)
Jay Bruce: $13,000,000 (actual)
Michael Conforto: $600,000 (est)
The Mets are already at $100,450,000 in committed dollars. The estimate for free agents and arbitration is $45,500,000. And players still under team control will likely make around the minimum, which I put at $600,000. The total for that is $5,400,000. The grand total is $151,350,000.
There is virtually no way the Mets payroll will be that high for 2017. They will likely be closer to $140 million, so that means trimming will be necessary. It could begin at the Winter Meetings next week.