Assuming the Mets owe Bay $6 million for this year, they have $62.05 million commited to contracts for 2013. Using MLBTradeRumors arbitration predictions, an additional $8.5 goes to four arb eligibles (excl. non-tenders Pelfrey, Torres & Acosta) and another $5 million estimated for 10 pre-arbs. That adds up to $75.55 million.
Their initial payroll probably won't exceed $95 million, with normal creep for call ups over the season bringing it to near $100 million. So they have about $20 million to spend, with 6 holes to fill - 2 starting outfielders, a catcher, a utility guy, and 2 relievers. One, or maybe two, may be filled from within, but they'll have to spend on the outfielders, the catcher and one reliever (not Byrdak) and probably the utility guy. That's a lot to get with $20 million.
They can fill the holes either with trades or by signing free agents. How would you spend it?