Sandy Alderson has begun to cement his legacy as the heroic GM that saved the Mets from its previous ineptitude.
Just one month ago, Alderson dumped Francisco Rodriguez, which in the process rescued the 2012 NY Mets from employing the highest and most overpaid closer of all time. Rodriguez was on pace to finish over 55 games in 2011, which would automatically kick in a preposterous $17.5 Million vesting option. Uneven and wasteful contracts like these will define Omar Minaya's tenure with the Mets.
And just last week, Alderson was at it again. Continually cleaning house and prepping this Mets franchise for a championship attempt further down the road. This time, Sandy didn't just unload money, he brought back one of the best young arms in the game; Zack Wheeler.
It's still unknown what the return on K-Rod will be, but Mets fans can hope for two mid-level Brewers prospect come september when the players to be named, will be named.
So just where are we in the Sandy Alderson/Terry Collins era?
Well let's just say these aren't your 2006 Mets. In fact, only 2 members of the 2006 playoff roster remain on the New York Mets.
You guessed it, David Wright and Jose Reyes.
And for those Mets fans that claim either of them are leaving, you can forget about that and here is why.
The Wilpons will have paid the following amount of money to these players in 2011:
Luis Castillo: $6 Million
Oliver Perez: $12 Million
Francisco Rodriguez: $9 Million
Carlos Beltran: $16 Million
Jose Reyes: $11 Million
None of those players are under contract for 2012. This means that the projected payroll when 2012 free agency begins will have the Mets positioned at roughly $64 Million in salaries for players on their active 2012 roster.
Sandy Alderson is on record of saying that the 2012 payroll will be somewhere above $100 Million despite the presumably dire financial issues at hand.
That being said, the Mets will have a budget of $35 Million to spend this offseason. It is only a matter of how much of that will go to Jose Reyes and how much will be spent on filling some holes.
So here we project what the 2013 New York Mets will have in store for the fans. Because it is at this point that we will be able to see Sandy's true impact on the franchise as well as the Mets prospects impact at the big-league level.
The next slides outline the 2013 New York Mets position by position. These include all players under contract through those years, as well as prospects and projected keepers and signees.