"I think we're going to have a little more leeway," Alderson said. "I think there's a little more flexibility."
Lennon says the team's payroll could "inch upward" from last year's payroll, which was around $93 million.
During a Q&A with ticket plan holders at Citi Field at the end of August, Alderson said he thinks payroll will be around $100 million, “if not higher.”
Alderson said earlier in the week that part of the restructuring of the money owed to Jason Bay was designed to give him more short-term payroll flexibility. So I wonder if he is simply referring to that measure, or if there is added flexibility on top of the space created by Bay's departure. But even if he's simply referring to the flexibility created by Bay, it's probably still a better position for him to be in as he tries to augment the roster. No matter what, I wouldn't expect them to max out their total budget this winter, as that could limit their ability to make moves at the trade deadline, should they be in a position to improve the roster.
Now, however it's accounted for, Bay is going to get the $21 million owed to him - it's just a matter of how and when and how much they're going to be paying him next season, which will determine what their short-term flexibility really is.