Mets Set 1 PM Deadline Today To Avoid Arbitration

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The New York Mets have set a 1 p.m. ET deadline today for the team to come to terms with arbitration eligible players.

The Mets have already agreed on terms for one-year deals with Rene Rivera ($1.75MM), Zack Wheeler ($800,000K), Jenrry Mejia ($1.9MM) and Lucas Duda ($7.25MM).

Projected salaries for players the Mets still need to agree with:

Travis d’Arnaud – $1.9 million

Jacob deGrom – $4.225 million

Josh Edgin – $800,000 thousand

Jeurys Familia – $8.7 million

Wilmer Flores – $2.9 million

Matt Harvey – $5.325 million

Addison Reed – $7.9 million

Original Report – Jan 12

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Sandy Alderson is setting a hard deadline of Friday at 1 P.M. as the deadline to agree to terms with players who have filed for salary arbitration.

So far this offseason, the Mets have come to terms with Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler, and Jenrry Mejia. This means the Mets have a lot of work to do over the next 24 hours, as Travis d’ArnaudJacob deGrom, Lucas DudaJosh EdginJeurys Familia, Wilmer FloresMatt Harvey and Addison Reed have yet to come to terms with the Mets.

It should be noted that last year, deGrom was unwilling to sign his $607,000 contract when the Mets renewed his contract. It was a symbolic gesture as deGrom had no negotiating rights due to his being a pre-arbitration eligible player. With deGrom not signing the contract, the $607,000 salary was assigned to him.

The last time the Mets went to arbitration with a player was with Oliver Perez in 2008. Perez won his arbitration case with the Mets, and he made $6.5 million during the 2008 season.

Thoughts from Joe D.

It will be interesting to see how this hard line plays out with arbitration hearings being what they are. A player’s reps will be presenting all the reasons why the arbiter should decide in their favor.

Meanwhile on the flip side, the Mets legal team will be presenting all the reasons why the player is undeserving of the salary figure they submitted. Sometimes it can get real ugly.

It’s funny because just on Tuesday, I was praising the Mets for being among the top teams in staying clear of arbitration hearings with their players.

This new tact is quite a dynamic shift in philosophy. I would imagine this comes directly from the top and straight from Jeff Wilpon. Hopefully this has no effect on morale. I don’t know why, but I always get a real creepy feeling whenever Jeff sticks his nose in Mets decisions like this.

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