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The 2009 New York Mets

Posted on: December 13, 2008 7:52 am
Edited on: January 19, 2009 4:12 pm
2009 commitments:
  1. C - Brian Schneider - $4.9M
  2. C - Ramon Castro - $2.5M
  3. 1B - Carlos Delgado - $12M
  4. 2B - Luis Castillo - $6M
  5. SS - Jose Reyes - $5.75M
  6. 3B - David Wright - $7.5M
  7. IF - Fernando Tatis - $1.7M
  8. IF - Alex Cora - $2M
  9. LF - Dan Murphy - $400K
  10. CF - Carlos Beltran - $18.5M
  11. RF - Ryan Church - $2M+
  12. OF - Jeremy Reed - $400K
  13. OF - Marlon Anderson - $1.15M


  1. SP - Johan Santana - $20M
  2. SP - Mike Pelfrey - $1.3125M
  3. SP - John Maine - $450K+
  4. SP - Tim Redding - $2.25M
  5. SP - Jon Niese - $400K
  6. SP - Bobby Parnell - $400K


  1. RP - Francisco Rodriguez - $12.3M
  2. RP - J.J. Putz - $5M - team option for 2010 worth $8.6M
  3. RP - Pedro Feliciano - $1.025M+
  4. RP - Duaner Sanchez - $1.7M
  5. RP - Brian Stokes - $402K
  6. RP - Sean Green - $400K
  7. RP - Connor Robertson - $400K

Other commitments: Billy Wagner - $10.5M and Scott Schoeneweis - $1.6M

That's around $123MM committed before arbitration raises to Church, Maine, Feliciano, and Angel Pagan. So we'll put the Mets around $130MM after the raises.  They entered 2008 near $138MM, so thinking that the Wilpons will not want to go over the $162M luxury tax, Omar Minaya could have about another $32M to spend.

Luxury Tax on team payrolls:

  • 2007 = $148M
  • 2008 = $155M
  • 2009 = $162M
  • 2010 = $170M
  • 2011 = $178M

Signings for 2009:


  • OF/INF Fernando Tatis - 1 yr @ $1.7M
  • 1B Carlos Delgado - Club option exercised @ $12M ($8M paid by the Mets- $4M paid by the Marlins)
  • RHP Francisco Rodriguez - 3yrs $37M
  • RHSP Tim Redding - 1yr @ $2.25M
  • INF Alex Cora - 1yr @ $2M
  • Duaner Sanchez - 1yr @ $1.7M (Avoid Arbitration)
Minor League Signings for 2009:
  • C Rene Rivera - Signed to a Minor League Contract w/ invited to spring training
  • RHP Nelson Figueroa - Signed to a Minor League Contract w/ invited to spring training
  • LHP Adam Bostick - Signed to a Minor League Contract w/ invited to spring training
  • INF/2B Andy Green  - Signed to a Minor League Contract w/ invited to spring training
  • LHP Edgar Alfonzo - Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • LHP Adam Bostick - Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • OF Jesus Feliciano- Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • LHP Casey Fossum -Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • LHP Tom Martin - Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • C Salvador Paniagua - Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • 2B Argenis Reyes - Signed to a Minor League Contract
  • OF Jason Cooper - Signed to a Minor League Contract


Rule 5 Draft: Selected



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Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 10:10 am

The 2009 New York Mets

Nice breakdown..

We gotta add another SP...Having Redding and Neise taking a chance on Sheets with a 1 or 2 year deal + incentives is to me a no brainer..behind CC he's the best FA pitcher on the market this year..yes obviously the injuries scare you a bit...but it's not like we haven't dealt with them over the past few years...and having guys like Redding/Neise/Parnell to fall back on for some spot starts to lessen innings could just work...

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 3:52 pm

The 2009 New York Mets

Great blog entry Tartans! I was just thinking about payroll space and you broke it down perfectly. If the Mets want to stay under the luxury tax threshold then as you say they'll be about 37 mill under it. But they still need another starter which means that Lowe & Sheets are priced out, leaving Ollie Perez or maybe Randy Wolf (probably cheaper).   What I'm thinking is can the Mets sign Ollie or would they be forced to pursue the cheaper option in Wolf?    Of course getting any sort of bat is now out of the question, oh well!

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 11:37 am

The 2009 New York Mets

Have to add a SP!!! There is a lot of pitching still out there to choice from:

  • Derek Lowe
  • Jon Garland
  • Ben Sheets
  • Oliver Perez
  • Paul Byrd
  • Daniel Cabrera
  • Chris Capuano
  • Chuck James
  • Jamie Moyer
  • Brad Penny
  • Carl Pavano
  • Mark Mulder
  • Pedro Martinez
  • Jon Lieber
  • Randy Johnson
  • Clay Henslay
  • Freddy Garcia
  • Matt Belisle

I would re-sign RP Luis Ayala and sign Chad Cordero and Scott Downs to fill out the pen. And look into signing Ben Sheets, no one is really looking at him yet. I would also have talks with the Tigers about Dontrelle Willis. Maybe they would take Schneider and Duaner Sanchez and/or Pedro Feliciano for Willis and cash.

If I could work a trade for Willis I would then sign C Greg Zaun or C Brad Ausmus for 2009 only. Victor Martinez is a FA after 2009.  I would sign Manny or Burrel if either would take a 2 yr. deal

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 10:54 am

The 2009 New York Mets

Nice blog Tartans...I agreewith 35 yr Met that we still have work to do with the rotation AND LF...and even maybe bullpen.  Waiting to see what Omar will do.  Once Football is done, I'll be excited for spring training!

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2008 9:30 am

The 2009 New York Mets

Great run down (as always) Tartans.  And an interesting note that there may be money left.

I truly believe that leaning on John Niese and Bobby Parnell at the back of the rotation smacks of more of Omar's "Cross your fingers and pray to God" just like 2008 with Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez.  That didn't work out great, obviously, but I will continue to give him the benefit of the doubt.  I'd still like to see him take some of that money and go get 1 or 2 guys for the rotation (Derek Lowe and/or John Garland, maybe).  Needless to say, it is unreasonable to expect that:

(a) none of those guys will see the DL over the course of the season; and

(b) Niese and Parnell with BOTH pull a Mike Pelfrey of 2008.

Heck, Pelfrey might not even pull a Pelfrey of 2008, but I think that there is at least reason to be optimistic there.  And John Maine is coming off surgery.

OK.  Now I'm concerned.  They need options in the rotation, and Niese and/or Parnell should ideally be no more than options during the season for spot starts. It's just not reasonable to rely on BOTH of these guys to go out there every 5 days over 6 months and have success.  I'd rather see a Lowe (definitely) and Garland (most likely) as at least you know what you'll get from these guys against major league hitters.

And this does not even touch on getting an everyday left fielder.

I truly hope Omar is not done.

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