The Mets handled almost all of their arbitration business today, coming to terms with eight of the nine players eligible for arbitration.
Most notably, the Mets managed to avoid arbitration with recently acquired Francisco Lindor, as the two agreed to a $22.3 million, one year deal—the fourth highest total in major league history—which will surely act as a starting off point for a long term deal between them.
The second most notable player to agree was Michael Conforto, also a viable candidate for a long-term extension, as the Mets and the lefty reached an agreement on a one year, $12.55 million deal.
Beyond the big two, the Mets agreed to one year deals with Robert Gsellman, ($1.3 million), Miguel Castro ($1.6875 million), Dominic Smith ($2.55 million), Seth Lugo ($2.925 million), Brandon Nimmo ($4.7 million), and Edwin Diaz ($ 7 million). The Mets also agreed to one year deals to avoid arbitration with Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Guillermo Heredia, and Jacob Barnes in December.
The only eligible Met to not come to terms was J.D. Davis. The Mets offered, $2.1 million to Davis, who submitted $2.475 million. Despite the relatively small difference in numbers, the Mets will go to arbitration for the first time since 2017, with Wilmer Flores.