A report Tuesday night pegs the 2014 Mets payroll at $89 million, less than last year and the ninth lowest in all of baseball. Yet Sandy Alderson is quoted in the same report saying he understands why MLB payrolls are going up.
A crucial note on the payroll: The Associated Press survey includes $7.6 million in buyouts to Johan Santana and Jason Bay. Those buyouts were actually $8.5 million, but the AP figure is in “present value.” I have been including the buyouts in my estimates.
The Mets were insisting all winter that the 2014 payroll would be not less than last year’s fraudulent figure of $87 million (it was actually about $93 million), not including the buyouts. Yet here we are without the buyouts at around $82 million.
The Mets and their apologists will tell you that mid-season call-ups and other expenses will bring that total up to near $87 million. But don’t be fooled — the Mets have a payroll closer to $80 million without including those buyouts.
Any way you look at it, the Mets lied once again when they promised they would not lower the payroll. And Alderson has the nerve to say he expected overall baseball salaries to go up.
“I’m not surprised. With the type of revenues clubs are enjoying these days, the average salaries are going to go up,” Alderson said.
Yes, every team is rolling in dough except the Mets. This is just an absolute disgrace.