I don't, Michael, although Jason Bay's contract is certainly more movable than Johan Santana's contract. I can't imagine anyone would entertain taking Santana off the Mets hands unless they would consider paying most of what's due to him through next season. His shoulder will be a big question mark all year, and that assumes he will be able to contribute consistently in some sort of capacity throughout the year.
In regards to Bay, I'm curious to see if he can carry over his positive September into the new season, with the new dimensions playing into his strengths. He is a huge key for this offense this season (like he has been in each of the last two seasons). But like Santana, if the Mets want to move Bay, they would probably have to pick up most of the remainder of his contract (and his easily attainable option for 2014, which calls for $17 million).
Santana is entering the fifth year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract (with a full no-trade clause) in which he will earn $24 million. He will earn $25.5 million in 2013, and team holds a $25 million option on him for 2014 with a $5.5 million buyout.
Bay is entering the third year of a four-year, $66 million contract (with a full no-trade clause) in which he will earn $16 million. He will earn $16 million in 2013 and, if he compiles 600 plate appearances in 2013 or 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013, his option for 2014 will engage at $17 million. If his option does not engage, he will be paid a $3 million buyout.
So, in other words, even if Bay and Santana do not play for the Mets in 2014, the Mets will still owe them a combined $8.5 million.
Brendan sent in an email asking:
"How come there is no talk of Pedro Beato? Last I heard they might consider moving him back to a starting pitcher, which I think would be ideal to create more depth. I see him much better suited for starting."
Beato is certainly a part of the Mets bullpen depth, Brendan. He could also become part of a much needed level of depth in their starting rotation, but in both scenarios he might be on the outside looking in at the moment. The good news for the Mets is Beato is no longer subject to the rules of the Rule 5 draft, meaning if he doesn't make the team, they do not have to return him to his former team - they can simply send him to the minors.
If Beato is to make the team on Opening Day, it will likely be in a bullpen role and he will have to show greater consistency and that his stuff (which is great, by the way) is more refined than it was last year. If they intend to make him a starting pitcher, he will likely go to the minors to build his innings.
The Mets acquired Beato via the Rule 5 draft in December, 2010. In 60 games for the Mets last year, Beato went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA with 27 walks and 39 strikeouts in 67 innings.
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