According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Mets already have around $80 million committed to next year’s roster, which includes money to Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Frank Francisco and Jon Niese, as well as RA Dickey’s and David Wright’s option.
Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole are all arbitration eligible, meaning they’ll each earn a slight raise next season. However, Ruben Tejada, Justin Turner and Lucas Duda will still earn the league minimum.
To bring back all of the above names from the 25-man roster, I estimate it will cost Alderson around $85 to 90 million. This means - based on reports that next year's payroll will be around $95 to 100 million - Sandy Alderson probably has just $10 million or so to spend on new talent, which doesn't seem like a whole lot (considering he needs at least two outfielders, a catcher and two or three relief pitchers).