GM Sandy Alderson said yesterday’s positive financial developments will release some of the pressure on the team, but as expected, basically said “don’t expect too much,’’ in the near future.
“So having moved beyond that now, I think we as a franchise have a chance to go through sort of an evolutionary process to get us back to where we want to be,’’ Alderson said. “The immediate impact on our payroll is going to be negligible.’’
Currently, the biggest drain on the Mets’ payroll is Johan Santana, who earned $22.5 million last year while on the disabled list, and is scheduled to make $24 million this year and $25.5 million in 2013 and has a $25 million option for 2014.
That salary makes it impossible to deal Santana, so the Mets’ best hope is for continued progress in his rehab from shoulder surgery.
So far, so good.
Santana is ready to start tomorrow against St. Louis in Jupiter, Fla. The target is 80 pitches.
Santana is coming off a 65-pitch outing against the Tigers in which he gave up four earned runs. The start was encouraging because Santana’s velocity increased to a consistent 89 mph. and topped out at 91 mph.
Barring complications, Santana is on track to make the Opening Day roster.
Here’s tonight’s roster against the Washington Nationals:
Andres Torres, CF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
Lucas Duda, RF
Justin Turner, 3B
Josh Thole, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
Dillon Gee, RP
Note: Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco are also expected to pitch.