Mets Player Still Being Paid
Mets player still being paid include eight players, including Robinson Kano, Bobby Bonilla, and Darin Ruf. Robinson is set to receive the most money.
These all resulted from bad business during a trade or deferred payments. Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander were traded recently, and both those contracts included the Mets paying a major amount of the player's salary.
On the other hand, Bobby Bonilla and Bret Saberhagen resulted from the club agreeing on deferred payment. Bonilla will earn the money till 2035, whereas Saberhagen till 2029.
Here is the list of the players the Mets have to pay for the 2023 season even though they are not on the team anymore:
- Max Scherzer - $4.67 million
- Justin Verlander - $18 million
- Robinson Cano - $20.25 million
- James McCann - $11 million
- Eduardo Escobar - $9.1 million
- Chris Flexen - $4 million
- Darin Ruf - $3.3 million
- Bobby Bonilla - $1.2 million
- Tommy Hunter - $686,000
- Bret Saberhagen - $250,000
1. Max Scherzer - $4.67 million
The Mets traded their starting pitcher Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers before the 2023 trade deadline. However, the team from New York will be paying $4.67 million to the player as a salary for 2023.
Further, the Mets are responsible for the $30.8 million of the player's 2024 salary. The franchise traded Scherzer, Michael Conforto, and James McCann to the Rangers and got Luisangel Acuna in return.
Max signed a three-year $130 million contract in 2022 with the Mets.
2. Justin Verlander - $18 million
Verlander signed a two-year $86.6 million contract with the Mets in 2022. The deal included a $35 million vesting option for the 2025 season.
However, the club traded the veteran pitcher to the Astros for Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford. The Mets also agreed to pay a chunk of the player's salary through the 2024 season.
They must pay $35 million of the player's salary for the next two seasons. In addition, the Mets will have to pay half of the vesting option in 2025 if Justin pitches 140 innings in 2024 while remaining at Houston.
3. Robinson Cano - $20.25 million
The New York franchise has to pay $24 million to Cano. It is the final payment of the 10-year $216 million deal he signed with the Mariners as a free agent.
Cano was released by the team in 2022 with $45 million remaining to be paid in his contract. They paid $21 million last season and are set to pay the final installment this season.
Robinson was traded to New York from Seattle in 2018 along with Edwin Diaz and $20 million in exchange for Anthony Swarzak, Jay Bruce, Justin Dunn, Gerson Bautista, and Jarred Kelenic.
4. James McCann - $11 million
McCann signed a four-year $40 million deal with the New York Mets in 2020. However, after only two seasons in which he could not fulfill his potential because of injuries, he was traded to the Orioles.
The catcher played in 112 games for the franchise during his first season, scoring ten dingers and 46 RBIs at an average of .232.
The Mets paid $11 million of James' salary this season and are responsible for the $8 million salary with the Orioles next season. The New York-based club received Luis De La Cruz in exchange for McCann.
5. Eduardo Escobar - $9.1 million
Escobar signed a two-year $20 million contract with the Mets in December 2021. An All-Star in 2021 with the Diamondbacks, the switch-hitter could not showcase his talent in New York.
The player was traded to the Angels this season in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. Escobar is to be paid $9.4 million as salary for the rest of the major league season, with the Mets covering all of that amount.
The player's contract also includes a $9 million club option with a buyout of $500,000 for the 2024 season.
6. Chris Flexen - $4 million
Flexen was released by the Mets in July 2023. The player was designated for assignment by Seattle Mariners one week before trading the player to New York.
The Mets took on the player and his contract to acquire Trevor Gott from the Mariners. The Mets then designated the player for assignment and released him shortly after.
The player makes $8 million annually, and the Mets are responsible for paying half that amount for the 2023 season.
7. Darin Ruf - $3.3 million
Ruf signed a two-year deal with the Giants that saw him get $3 million for each of the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The contract also included a $3.5 option for 2024 with a buyout of $250,000.
After the struggle of the side in MLB, the Giants flipped Ruf to the Mets in exchange for J.D Davis, Thomas Szapucki, and some prospects. The player could not perform as expected in New York.
The Mets, who were looking to trade the player or get him claimed on waivers, could not find a suitor forcing them to release the player. He is owed a $3 million salary this year and a $250,000 buyout on next season's option.
8. Bobby Bonilla - $1.2 million
Bonilla is owned $1.2 million from the Mets every year on July 1 till the 2035 season. This results from a deferred contract agreed by the player and the team.
Bobby is a former baseball third baseman and outfielder who played for eight teams in his sixteen-year career. The player signed with the Mets for the first time during the 1991-92 offseason, becoming the highest earner in the league during that time.
The baseman retired after the 2001 MLB season but is still paid annually by the Mets
9. Tommy Hunter - $686,000
The Mets owe Hunter $686,000 for the 2023 season. The player resigned a minor league contract with the Mets on December 6, 2022, and was selected to the 40-man roster a few months later.
Tommy made fourteen appearances for the club, struggling with an ERA of 6.85. He was designated for assignment on June 10 and was released three days later.
10. Bret Saberhagen - $250,000
Saberhagen signed with the Mets in 1992, making him the seventh-highest-paid pitcher in the league. The contract also included a $2.5 million signing bonus.
However, something unusual was also included in the contract mentioning that the player would receive $250,000 per year for 25 years, starting in 2004. The Mets have been paying the deferred payment ever since.