The Mets are not expected to sign any of their arbitration eligible players to long-term deals this off season, a source told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There was discussion last winter about whether to ink Ike Davis to a longer-term extension, buying into his free agent years. Boy, how things can change in a year… Yikes.
Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell would seem like candidates, but Parnell’s injury leaves him a mystery and Gee and Murphy will no doubt be talked about in trades. Murphy and Parnell are under team control through the 2015, while Gee is under control through 2016. I’m sure there would have been talks about locking in Matt Harvey, but his elbow surgery will force both sides to punt on that contract (plus, his agent is Scott Boras).
That said, despite Rubin’s report, I’d like to see the Mets talk with Zack Wheeler about a contract extension. Seriously… Think Matt Moore, and the five-year, $14 million deal he signed with the Rays after just a handful of major league starts. Moore’s deal also included three club options that could extend the deal to eight years and $40 million, buying into his free agency. It was a opportunistic deal for both sides, trading money for security.
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