The Mets used to have one of the top payrolls in the game. Since the Bernie Madoff mess, the payroll has not been nearly that high. The last three years, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Opening Day payroll has been in the $150 million range, with last year’s $158,652,231 being the highest raw dollar value ever.
But, barring a trade where they shed payroll, the 2020 number will be higher than that. There’s certainly been enough “smoke” around a potential Noah Syndergaard deal that we can’t rule out a trade that cuts payroll to get back to 2017-19 numbers.
Yet, there’s the possibility that Brodie Van Wagenen was promised more dollars in future payrolls when he took the GM job prior to the 2019 season. That scenario would certainly explain the deals to take on salary with Robinson Cano and Marcus Stroman.
If you believe that Van Wagenen was promised more payroll room, how generous do you think the Wilpons were in their promises? The current luxury tax threshold is $208 million.