Just some basic facts and figures to keep in mind, courtesy of the amazing people at MLBTradeRumors.com.
The Mets, if we assume they are letting Mike Pelfrey, Andres Torres, Rob Johnson, Manny Acosta and Fred Lewis go without qualifying offers, will be on the hook for an estimated $8.5 million to four players: Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole.
Add that to the $80.5 million due to Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Jon Niese, Frank Francisco, R.A. Dickey and David Wright, and you get $89 million for 10 players.
Payroll was $91.6 million in 2012, and is to remain static in 2013.
If the other 15 players are all minimum salary players, at $490,000, that’s another $7,350,000, or a total of $96.35 million.
Somethig doesn’t add up here. And the ludicrously underwhelming offers to Wright and Dickey make it fair to wonder if the Mets plan to cut salary by eliminating two of their salary obligations for 2013 that are movable via trade. It also explains the Ike Davis/Jon Niese trade talk.