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Published November 20, 2013
LOOSENING THE BELT: In Newark, Jorge Castillo notes Mets GM Sandy Alderson yesterday "wouldn’t offer a specific number," but emphasized team’s payroll will be higher than $87M, "which is the figure the club identifies as the 2013 payroll." Alderson said, "I don’t think our payroll is going to be below what we saw last year." BaseballReference.com data shows that the Mets have approximately $58.5M committed for '14, "including estimates for arbitration-eligible players." Though the Mets have not made "any significant moves yet, Alderson reiterated the club is more aggressive now than in the recent past" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/20).
MOVIN' ON UP: Giants President & CEO Larry Baer said of an expected payroll increase from about $136M, "It's a jump. Our history tends to be we don't take very wild swings up or down. So it's up, it's a jump. ... The plan is for it to go up; it's gone up really every year in recent memory. Can't remember when it went down" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 11/19).