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Mets payroll drops to roughly $86.1 million

NEW YORK -- The departure of Ike Davis alleviated crowding at first base. It also further diminished the Mets' paltry payroll.

Davis had $3.14 million remaining on his $3.5 million contract when he departed.

So what's the 2014 payroll (excluding bonus money based on incentives)? Let's attempt to compute ...

Rotation

Dillon Gee $3.625M

Bartolo Colon $9M

Zack Wheeler $512,375

Jenrry Mejia $509,675

Jonathon Niese $5M

Subtotal: $18,647,050

Bullpen

Bobby Parnell $3.7M

Kyle Farnsworth $1M

Jose Valverde $1M

Jeurys Familia $502,550

Carlos Torres $561,875

Gonzalez Germen $504,875

Scott Rice $542,500

Daisuke Matsuzaka (who basically is a wash with John Lannan) $1.5M

Subtotal: $9,311,800

Position players

Travis d'Arnaud $501,560

Anthony Recker $505,340

Lucas Duda $1.6375M

Josh Satin $506,809

Daniel Murphy $5.7M

Ruben Tejada $1.1M

Omar Quintanilla $0.8M

David Wright $20M

Chris Young $7.25M

Juan Lagares $506,636

Eric Young Jr. $1.85M

Curtis Granderson $13M

Andrew Brown $538,045

Subtotal: $53,895,890

Additionally, since you are paying more than 25 players at any given time since some land on the disabled list, you need to factor that in as well. A team official estimated that cost at $4 million to $4.5 million a season. So we'll take the midpoint: $4.25 million.

Again, that takes into account things like Kirk Nieuwenhuis being up now in the spot Lagares had occupied. And it includes the Mets paying Matt Harvey $546,625 this season not to pitch. We included Parnell's salary above and listed 26 players because of the magnitude of Parnell's contract.

So the estimated payroll total is $86,104,740.