This whole payroll thing is confusing, at best. While thinking about winning in 2014 is fine, it seems to me that there is plenty of payroll flexibility right now.
Originally Posted by YoungStuna28
According to my calculations, with only $6 million due to Jason Bay next year, total commitments for 2013 came to approximately $76 million. That number includes current contracts, (which had David Wright @ $16 million and R.A. Dickey @ $5 million) projected salaries for 8 arbitration eligible players (including 4 first years) and 6 pre-arb players. Today we hear that David Wright's new contract calls for his salary in 2013 to be reduced to $8 million, bringing commitments for next year down to about $68 million.
Sandy said that the 2013 payroll will be about equal to last years, which was close to $100 million. Allowing for normal payroll creep as minor leaguers are brought up, we should still have about $25 to $30 million in payroll flexibility for 2013. Now Jeff says that the payroll is going to go up this year?
It appears that we are sitting on the sidelines this week, while other teams are making moves left and right. Pretty soon there won't be anyone left to spend our newfound flexibility on. (I realize that is a bit of an exaggeration, but the better outfield targets are rapidly disappearing.) We certainly aren't going to bid on Josh Hamilton. Sandy was totally preoccupied with extending David, and now seems to be focusing solely on either trading or extending Dickey, while all else has come to a halt.
Wake up, Sandy. Jeff says you have money to spend. It looks to me as if that could be $25 million or more. Make a splash.
Former B'klyn Dodger fan. Mets Maniac since 1962.