This Friday is the deadline for teams to exchange salary demands with their arbitration eligible players.
As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out, the Mets have yet to settle with any of their seven eligible players.
Per Rubin, citing estimates from Pace Law School and MLB Trade Rumors, the seven eligible players will likely make the following salaries in 2014:
Murphy $5.1 million
Davis $3.825 million
Parnell $3.725 million
Gee $3.55 million
Young $1.9 million
Duda $1.8 million
Tejada $1.0 million
In the event the two sides don’t agree on a contract, the salary will be determined by an arbitrator. Even if the Mets go to arbitration with one or all of the players above, there’s still a chance they’ll be able to settle before the arbitrator renders his or her decision.
Barring something changing over the next few weeks, all seven of the above players will be reporting to spring training in roughly a month.
Even if the Mets sign Stephen Drew, they would likely still keep Ruben Tejada in a backup role and as insurance.
Davis, who most thought would be traded a month ago, is still here due to the fact that no teams agreed to meet Sandy Alderson’s trade demands. That will turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Mets if Davis is able to regain his form.