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Mets decide to retain Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets tendered contracts to all eight of their arbitration-eligible players before Thursday's deadline rather than cutting anybody loose. That means Ruben Tejada and Jenrry Mejia remain with the organization, in addition to six other arbitration-eligible players: Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Carlos Torres and Josh Edgin.

Mejia still needs to serve 99 games on his second performance-enhancing-drug suspension, so the reliever will only receive about 40 percent of his eventual salary.

Mets officials seem to have done a U-turn on Tejada from two weeks ago, when they appeared strongly inclined to non-tender him. Perhaps that indicates a lack of confidence that they will be able to add a bona fide middle infielder, which might have made Tejada expendable.

According to research from law students at Pace University, the projected salaries for the arbitration-eligible players are:

Duda $6.7 million

Reed $5.8125 million

Harvey $4.25 million

Familia $3.85 million

Mejia $2.595 million

Tejada $2.58 million

Torres $875,000

Edgin $600,000