The Mets face two contractual options after the season:
- Jose Reyes has an $11MM club option with a $500K buyout. Reyes may be off to a slow start, but it's difficult to see the Mets declining.
- Alex Cora's $2MM for 2011 vests with 80 starts. He probably won't get there, but sometimes there's still a club option if it does not vest.
Expect non-tenders in the arbitration bunch, but the Mets' projected first-time players include Mike Pelfrey, Fernando Nieve, and Manny Acosta. Sean Green goes for the second time, while Jeff Francoeur, John Maine, and Angel Pagan are third-timers.
It appears that the Mets will have to raise payroll by over $10MM in 2011 just to cover raises to their current players. They might need to get back to the $140 millions to have room in the budget for quality additions.
Thanks to Cot's Baseball Contracts for the info.