Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell officially filed for arbitration, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
If each players goes to arbitration, MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Murphy will likely get a bump in pay from $512,196 to $3 million, Davis will go from $506,690 to $2.8 million, and Parnell’s $504,000 will jump to $1.5 million.
Murphy and Parnell are due to become free agents after the 2015 season, Davis is eligible after 2016, according to Rubin.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Jan 15, 1:30 pm: I don’t expect the Mets to work out any long term deals with either of these players. Murphy and Parnell could easily see themselves traded in the next year. However, Ike will be here long term, but it makes more sense to negotiate with him next season. The team is obviously still pinching pennies, so getting Davis for around $3 million is a steal. However, he’ll be due a bigger raise next year, he’ll still have three years of arbitration and the team should be in a better financial position. Plus, I’m sure the Mets would prefer to see Ike have a full, healthy season under his belt (in 2013). I think a deal similar to what Billy Butler signed with the Royals is a good comp, i.e., four years, $30 million, which would cover his final three arbitration seasons and a year of free agency, which I think is fair.