2018 Mets Payroll Starts to Take Shape

With the signings of Jay Bruce and Adrian Gonzalez, and the contract agreements with most arbitration players, the Mets payroll is starting to take shape. Let’s see where it currently stands.

Matt Harvey: $5,600,000 (actual)
Jacob deGrom: $7,400,000 (actual)
Zack Wheeler: $1,500,000 (arbitration estimate)
Noah Syndergaard: $2,975,000 (actual)
Steven Matz: $600,000 (est)

Jeurys Familia: $7,925,000 (actual)
Jerry Blevins: $7,000,000 (actual)
Anthony Swarzak: $5,500,000 (actual)
A.J. Ramos $9,225,000 (actual)
Robert Gsellman: $600,000 (est)
Seth Lugo: $600,000 (est)
Hansel Robles: $900,000 (actual)

Travis d’Arnaud: $3,470,000 (actual)
Kevin Plawecki: $600,000 (est)

David Wright: $20,000,000 (actual)
Asdrubal Cabrera: $8,250,000 (actual)
Wilmer Flores: $3,40,000 (actual)
Adrian Gonzalez: $600,000 (est)
Dominic Smith: $600,000 (est)
Amed Rosario: $600,000 (est)

Yoenis Cespedes: $29,000,000 (actual)
Jay Bruce: $11,000,000 (actual)
Juan Lagares: $6,500,000 (actual)
Michael Conforto: $600,000 (est)
Brandon Nimmo: $600,000 (est)

The Mets have $128,145,000 tied up in committed salaries for next season. Wheeler, the last remaining arbitration player, will make around $1.5 million, with about $5.400,000 allocated for players who will make near the major league minimum. That figure is actually $545,000, but for our purposes, I set it at $600,000. That’s a grand total of $135,045,000. That’s still $20 million short of last season’s Opening Day Mets payroll, but probably more than many people expected. Is it enough to field a winner? We’ll see.