How the Mets’ 2023 Payroll Could Reach $345 Million

Holding the band together could turn the Mets’ payroll into a new stratosphere.

Team owner Steve Cohen has put spending this season under the third luxury-tax limit of $300 million. But if the Mets want to retain a team that’s headed to the franchise’s first post-season appearance in six years, it will take significantly more than the $291.8 million payroll (according to Spotack) as the current competitive balance. has been calculated for tax. ,

The cost of retaining this year’s team could push the Mets to a starting point of $345 million for next season in the payroll, before potential bullpen and depth upgrades are addressed, according to our Post analysis. In any case, the Mets might just be starting out in spending to create and maintain a winner. Disorders:

Mets ace Jacob deGrom delivers in the fourth inning against the Nationals at National Park on August 2, 2022 in Washington.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom delivers in the fourth innings against the Nationals.
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jacob degrom Has indicated on several occasions that he plans to exit after the season. Under the terms of the contract he signed before the 2019 season, he is owed $30.5 million for the following year. It’s a safe bet if DeGrom and the Mets strike a new deal it would be for a contract that pays him north of the $43.3 million Max Scherzer is set to earn in 2023. Let’s take it a step further and suggest that DeGrom gets a multi-year deal that pays him $50 million a year.

Chris Bassito Will also try to capitalize on the open market (technically his contract has a $19 million reciprocal option for next season, but the chances are slim that the right-hander will exercise it at his end). Bassit, who will turn 34 in spring training, commands a multi-year deal that will at least put him in the $19 million AAV neighborhood.

taijuan walkerThe deal includes a $7 million player option for next season that he will almost certainly decline, putting him on the open market. Walker, who turns 30 on Saturday, has been an integral part of the Mets’ rotation over the past two seasons. A comparison might be John Gray, who received a $14 million a year deal from Texas last off-season.

Carlos CarrascoThe contract carries a $14 million option for 2023 that starts in 170 innings as long as the right-hander ends the season healthy. Carrasco (124 /₃ innings) is on pace to reach that level with about 10 starts left.

David Peterson And taylor megill There are backup rotation options that will cost less than $3 million.

Estimated 2023 Rotation Salary: $143 million (will exceed the full payroll of the 14 teams this season, per Spotack).

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edwin diazoo Baseball would be in a position to sign the largest contract for a reliever in history. Liam Hendrix holds an AAV record of $18 million with the White Sox. There is no reason to believe that Diaz, a free agent after this season, cannot cross $20 million and possibly reach $25 million annually on the open market.

Adam Piccolo A $4 million deal has been signed for the Mets this season. The right-handed batsman, who is working on a one-year contract, could at least double that number next season. Seth Lugo is also moving to free agency and this season will see a significant increase in his $3.9 million salary, perhaps $8 million. It’s hard to say that relievers like Trevor May, mychal givens, Joel Rodriguez And Trevor Williams will fit next season’s blueprint, but Joy Luchesi ($1.5 million and arbitable) and Drew Smith ($750,000 and arbitration) are in the mix.

Estimated 2023 Bullpen Salaries: $44 million

Francis Lindo
Francisco Lindor celebrated this third homer of the game against the Yankees last season.
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Francis Lindo Set to earn $34.1 million next season In the second year of his Mets record contract extension, Robinson CanoeHis major league career is likely to come to an end – he has been released by three teams this season – but the Mets will still pay him $20.5 million as he completes the 10-year deal he signed with the Mariners.

Pete Alonso And Jeff McNilla Both will move on to their second year of arbitration eligibility. Both are enjoying good weather and will receive significant growth. It’s probably not a stretch to suggest that Alonso will double his $7.4 million earnings this season. McNeil, who is making $3 million this year, could receive in the $8 million range. edward escobar The final year of his contract is due in the next season with $9.5 million. louis guillorme Arbitration is eligible for the first time and can be anywhere in the neighborhood of $2 million.

Estimated 2023 Infield Salary: $89 million

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo was recently battling a wrist injury.
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Brandon Nimmo recently told The Post that he was informed during the All-Star break that the Mets want him beyond this season. Nimmo, which is set to hit free agency, hired Scott Boras as his agent last winter. It’s easy to imagine a long-term deal for an outfielder that averages at least $20 million a year.

starling martThe contract calls for a $5 million increase that will bring it to $20.7 million for the next year. The veteran outfielder signed a four-year deal worth $78 million last season.

Mark Kanha The final year of his contract is owed $11.6 million for the next season.

Estimated 2023 Outfield Salary: $52 million

James McCann celebrates after defeating a two-run homer over the Diamondbacks in the Mets' 6-5, 10-innings win.
James McCann celebrates after defeating a two-run homer over the Diamondbacks in the Mets’ 6-5, 10-innings win.


James McCanoK’s contract includes a $4 million increase that brings his salary up to $12 million. Even if the Mets trade the veteran, they’ll end up paying the $24 million still owed through 2024. thomas nest The first is eligible for arbitration and could receive $2 million. Francis Alvarez Next season will cost only Mets the Rookie minimum: $720,000.

Estimated 2023 Catcher Salary: $15 million

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Daniel Vogelbach Arbitration is eligible for the first time and can land in the range of $2 million. Dominic Smith And there reputation probably not fit ahead of the season, and we’ll also operate under the assumption Tyler NuquinThere is only one rental, an adjacent free agent.

Estimated 2023 DH Salary: $2 million

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