Mets Offer Arbitration To Reyes

The Mets have offered Jose Reyes salary arbitration, according to Adam Rubin.

Despite some changes free agent compensation in the CBA, Reyes’ status remains unchanged and he is still considered a Type-A free agent and if he declines arbitration the Mets would be guaranteed two draft picks as compensation.

The Mets will automatically get a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of the draft.

Additionally, if he signs with a team that finished in the top 15 in 2011, the Mets would get that team’s first round pick. However, if he signs with a team who finished in the bottom 15, their first round picks are protected so the Mets would get a second round pick instead.

Draft-pick compensation changes next offseason under the new collective bargaining agreement. Only the top 10 first-round picks will be protected. And the way to collect a draft pick will be to offer a one-year contract to the departing player at the average of the top 125 salaries and have the player decline.

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