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Going forward, the Mets do not have much money at all committed to long-term contracts. The only two notable long-term contracts under the Mets' control are for David Wright (through 2021; $20 million salary for 2014) and Jon Niese (through 2018; $5 million salary for 2014). This should not be a surprise, due to the fact that the Mets have a young team.
Mets players that will be eligible for arbitration include Scott Atchison, Mike Baxter, Ike Davis, Dillon Gee, Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell, Omar Quintanilla, Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner and Eric Young Jr. Most, if not all of these players should get contracts from the Mets this winter.
Younger players that will be under team control in 2014 include Greg Burke, Robert Carson, Travis d'Arnaud, Lucas Duda, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Zach Lutz, Jenrry Mejia, Anthony Recker, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres and Zack Wheeler.
Thankfully for the Mets, two of their most recent big contracts will finally come to an end. One of the contracts was for former outfielder Jason Bay, whose four-year $66 million contract is now off the books for the Mets. Bay was originally signed through this season, but last November, he and the Mets mutually agreed to make Bay a free agent last offseason, while the Mets would simply pay him his remaining money and not have to deal with him anymore. However, part of Bay's payment ended up getting deferred, which means the Mets will have to pay Bay some money this offseason.
The even larger contract that the Mets can finally be rid of belongs to Johan Santana. He has a $25 million option for 2014, but the Mets almost certainly will opt for a $5.5 mullion buyout, which would make Santana a free agent.
No longer having the Bay and Santana contracts will save the Mets roughly $40 million this offseason. This money can now be used in free agency. Having more money available means that the Mets can afford to be more flexible and aggressive this offseason with free agents.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post back in June, the Mets expect to have a 2014 payroll between $90-100 million.