Back in October, I put together a rough estimate of the Mets' 2012 payroll commitments, and an update is obviously necessary after the signings of Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco and trade of Angel Pagan for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres.
By midnight tonight, the Mets figure to tender Mike Pelfrey, Manny Acosta, Ramirez, and Torres contracts for 2012 while non-tendering Ronny Paulino. Salaries for those arbitration-eligible players tendered contracts are, of course, estimates.
Given Sandy Alderson's indications that the Opening Day payroll for the team will be approximately $95 million, they've got about $4 million left in their budget this winter. With the bullpen seemingly settled, that money will most likely be spent filling the three spots on the bench that appear to be open.
That Jason Bay salary sure is an eyesore, isn't it?