But the Mets have several players due salary increases that will challenge Alderson's ability to meet that $95 million figure. That means he'll have to make some tough decisions over which players to keep and who to let go.
David Wright and R.A. Dickey are two stars under contract that the Mets will almost certainly bring back next season. But would it be the best move for Alderson to move those players if he can't agree to contract extensions with either of them?
Wright and Dickey are among 10 of the Mets' most important players that may or may not return in 2013. What are the chances that each of them will be in a Mets uniform next season? Here's how we see it.