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Arbitration Eligibles: New York Mets

The Mets are next in our arbitration eligibles series.

It appears likely that the Mets will tender Pelfrey a contract, perhaps for the value of providing innings and the possibility that he'll be a little better next year.  We have his salary in the $5.9MM range.  Pagan is another player on the bubble.  He projects for $4.7MM and is an easy choice to tender if the Mets consider his 2011 UZR a fluke.  Buchholz missed most of the season for a shoulder injury and depression; he projects around $1.2MM.

Acosta and Paulino will be affordable, at about $1MM and $1.5MM respectively.  They figure to be tendered contracts.

The Mets have $66.83MM in 2012 commitments before accounting for minimum salary players, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.  If everyone but Buchholz remains, that puts them near $80MM plus Tim Byrdak's salary.  Mets GM Sandy Alderson implied earlier this month that the team may cut payroll to the $100-110MM range.  That'd leave enough money for Jose Reyes and a few other pieces, and that's assuming most arbitration eligible players are tendered and no one is traded.

Matt Swartz contributed to this post.








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