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Mets, many others, can enjoy tax-free offseason

Believe it or not, the Mets are among 28 teams that can spend as much money as they wish this offseason without fear of paying a luxury tax.

Originally Published: November 21, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Since finals are approaching, it's time for a little baseball-economics quiz to help us make sure you're fully educated on a key development in the 2005-06 offseason:

If the Mets' payroll inflates to, say, $150 million next season, how much luxury tax would they have to pay -- if the 2006 tax threshold is $136.5 million?

A) $3.04 million (22.5 percent)?

B) $4.05 million (30 percent)?

C) $5.4 million (40 percent)?

D) Way more than that, just because they're making Bud ...

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