Dough on Disabled List

Surely someone else has covered this, but I’ll post it here for inquiring minds.

Currently, the total amount of salary on the Mets’ disabled list totals $67,675,000.00.

To put that in perspective, it’s about equal to the entire payroll of the Minnesota Twins, and more than the total payrolls of the Rays, Athletics, Nationals, Pirates, Padres, and Marlins.

An itemized report of the Wilpons’ spending for the injured:
Carlos Beltran – $18.5M
Carlos Delgado – $12M
Oliver Perez – $12M
Billy Wagner – $10.5M
Jose Reyes – $5.75M
J.J. Putz – $5M
John Maine – $2.6M
Ramon Martinez – $750K
Angel Pagan – $575K

Let me know if I missed anyone and/or if my math is incorrect (I was an English major; numbers make my head hurt).

The salary figures come to you courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Wendy June 23, 2009 at 10:06 am
    It is really crazy the way this season has turned out with these injuries, actually its downright scary.

    We should build a bubble around David Wright as he is the only core player out there busting his, and we all know that he will suck it up and play no matter what’s about to break or snap.

    Say what you want about clutch and strikeouts, this guy has been a rock solid pillar for his teammates during these injury filled weeks.

    The salaries are out of control, especially with Delgado getting his extension and Perez getting his lucrative contract after yet another Boras dominant winter negotation.

    I do think there should be performance based contracts, if for no other reason than to cut back on salaries for players on the DL more than they play during a season.

  2. mr.bmc June 23, 2009 at 11:29 am
    It’s specious accounting. You have to prorate the salary for the time the player actually misses.

    Still. No getting around the fact the Mets have been brutalized by injuries.

  3. […] was ready to outline the amount of money the Mets have on the disable list right now, but Joe Janish from Mets Today beat me to it. Carlos Beltran – $18.5M Carlos Delgado – […]
  4. Wendy June 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    Billy Wagner getting $10 million to pitch in late August and September is not even close to worth it, and when you consider that he won’t be used as a closer unless the unthinkable happens to K-Rod, its a waste, we all know how he feels about even trying to get 4 outs.
  5. joejanish June 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    BMC – duly noted. But my presentation makes for a more dramatic story 😉

    And as mentioned, I was an English major … feel free to prorate the numbers and post them here for everyone … thanks!

  6. sincekindergarten June 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    Wendy, before ST, Wags went on record saying that he “would love to set up for” K-Rod. If he gets four or five holds for Frankie Rodriguez, expect a few teams to be blazing trails to his door. Wags wants a WS ring, just like his friend Brad Lidge has. The Mets, if he gets back, are the nearest path to the WS.
  7. Bring Back Willie June 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    yeah, and what about the guys that are still playing? the mets still have the best 3B, SP and RP in the game. and some decent players besides that. they should be in first place regardless. the phillies have been playing terribly and have had their own share of injuries.

    get over it. play ball.

  8. GPS July 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    Replace pagan with nieve. What’s the total now?