The Mets will avoid arbitration hearings yet again this year after signing Lucas Duda to a one year deal worth $1.6375 million dollars. Duda had been the one hold out from the seven players who filed for arbitration last week. The sides settled just $12,500 from the midpoint of the figures the they exchanged last week, in Duda's favor.
This number comes in lower than the $1.8 million experts predicted Duda would earn via arbitration. this brings the Mets opening day payroll down to $82.36 million, including the roughly $500k owed to Matt Harvey who will spend the season on the disabled list.