Two weeks ago, during the â€œIt Was All Luis Aliceaâ€™s Faultâ€ Media Tour, Jeff Wilpon committed to a 2010 payroll in line with the $147M the team spent this season. To that, the average baseball fan says, â€œMets fans are lucky! Their owners are willing to spend top dollar on talent.â€Â At the surface, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that statement. Mets fans are lucky — and if given the choice between a high payroll and a low payroll, Iâ€™m taking the high one. In this case, unfortunately, $147M doesnâ€™t buy what it used to (supposed to) and therein rests the primary failing of the Mets in 2009.
Â The table below represents Fangraphs Wins Above Replacement (WAR) calculations for each Mets player.Â To the right of the overall WAR column is the value of each playerâ€™s contributions on the open market (Fangraphs determined that a win is worth ~$4.5), their total salary according to Cotâ€™s Baseball Contracts and the â€˜Netâ€™ value of that playerâ€™s contract to the team in 2009 (derived simply by subtracting the player salary from their value).