As Sandy Alderson wraps up his fourth offseason as general manager of the New York Mets, the matter of arbitration eligible players has come up. Every year, each club has to exchange salary figures with players eligible for salary arbitration. The Mets ended up with seven players eligible for arbitration this season: first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, shortstop Ruben Tejada, starting pitcher Dillon Gee, second baseman Daniel Murphy, outfielder Eric Young Jr, and relief pitcher Bobby Parnell. The Mets, who usually avoid going to arbitration hearings, have already settled with six of the seven players, MetsBlog.com reports.
The Mets settled with all of their players except for first baseman Lucas Duda. The big winner of arbitration negotiations was second baseman Daniel Murphy, who earned a big raise up to 5.7 million dollars in 2014. Murphy only made 2.9 million in 2013, but a big season earned him a significant raise. Dillon Gee also received a nice payday after a strong 2013, settling for a one year deal worth just over 3.5 million dollars. Ike Davis also settled with the Mets for 3.5 million dollars, a figure that should not preclude the Mets from dealing him if necessary. The others to settle were Bobby Parnell (3.7 million), Ruben Tejada (1.1 million), and Eric Young Jr (1.85 million).
Duda is the last holdout amongst the arbitration eligible players. Duda asked for 1.9 million in salary arbitration this season, while the Mets countered with a figure of 1.35 million. The two sides still have the rest of this month to try and negotiate a compromised figure or else they can settle the case in front of an arbitrator in February. Even without Duda's case being settled yet, it appears as if the Mets have reached their payroll figure for 2014 (barring a surprise signing in the next few weeks). ESPN New York's Adam Rubin has the team's payroll currently projected to be around 86.2 million dollars, in the ballpark for where Alderson has hinted it will end up this winter.
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