The Mets are facing a money crunch for 2011

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire:

Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next
season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already
total $120 million.

The nine who make up that amount are Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran. Jason Bay, David Wright Jose Reyes, K-Rod, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Ryota Igarashi.

Of course that crunch isn’t new for next year. It’s obviously been felt this year too, as the Mets made no moves of consequence at the deadline and were reported to be demanding money back from any team with whom they negotiated.

Of course, given how poorly last winter’s big free agent signing has gone so far, the Mets probably wouldn’t have been buyers this winter regardless.