So what is the Mets' 2014 payroll now that Chris Young appears coming on board at $7.25 million? Let's do the math ...
David Wright $20M
Chris Young $7.25M
Jonathon Niese $5M
Arbitration-eligible player estimates (via Pace Law and MLBTradeRumors.com):
Daniel Murphy $5.1M
Ike Davis $3.825M
Bobby Parnell $3.725M
Dillon Gee $3.55M
Eric Young Jr. $1.9M
Lucas Duda $1.8M
Scott Atchison $1.3M
Ruben Tejada $1M
Justin Turner $800K
To round out the roster, you need to add 13 players, at least at the $500,000 major league minimum, for an additional $6.5 million.
So the rough calculation at this point is the Mets currently have a payroll of $62 million.
Sandy Alderson said this week the Mets should have no lower than an $87 million payroll, so look for about $25 million or so more in spending.
Of course, Davis and Murphy very well could get traded, which means as much as $9 million could be freed to spend elsewhere, less the contracts the Mets got back in any such trade.