Last night the Mets and suspected opening day shortstop, Ruben Tejada, avoided going to arbitration and settled on a one year deal worth $1.1 million dollars. That number is $100k more than had been projected by baseball experts, however history has proven that it doesn't behoove teams to go to the court, because they rarely win the decision. Furthermore, when arguing about such a "small" sum of money, why pay lawyers. By my calculations, this raises the team's estimated opening day payroll to just shy of $82.5 million.
Tejada was one of seven players to file for arbitration this week. The other six were Ike Davis, Dillon Gee, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Eric Young Jr., and Bobby Parnell.