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Rumor Central: Mets to cut payroll next season?

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dropped plenty of hints Tuesday that the club might be trimming payroll in 2018.

The Mets ranked 12th in the majors this year with an Opening Day payroll of $155 million, a figure that is likely to decrease with $65 million coming off the team's books, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

"So I’m certainly not sitting here and saying, 'OK, [the payroll] is going to be at least as high this year as it was last year,'" Alderson told reporters.

The injury-plagued Mets (59-79) traded away several higher-priced veterans this summer, including Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker.

A sizable chunk of the 2018 payroll goes to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is in the first season of a four-year, $110 million deal.

The financial pruning would come with the Mets needing to answer questions at a variety of positions, including every infield spot except shortstop. Puma adds that the Mets would also like to add a veteran in the bullpen and in the rotation, all of which comes at a price.

-- Doug Mittler

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