Mets expect Thole to be arbitration eligible

The official calculation from Major League Baseball has not yet been shared with clubs, but the Mets do expect the collective bargaining agreement that went into effect for the 2012 season to result in Josh Thole being eligible for arbitration by a matter of days.

Josh Thole

Josh Thole

#30 C
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM104
  • HR1

  • RBI21

  • R24

  • OBP.294

  • AVG.234

Players automatically are eligible for arbitration after three years of major league service time (and are free agents after six years of major league service time).

In addition, a select group of players with two-plus years service time -- known as Super Twos -- also are eligible for arbitration. That does not make them eligible for free agency earlier; it means they have four arbitration years instead of three.

Thole -- who has 2 years, 142 days of service time -- will make the cut, the Mets fully expect. So will Ike Davis at 2 years, 168 days.

The percentage of players with two-plus years of service time who are eligible for arbitration went to 22 percent from 17 percent under the new CBA.

The full list of arbitration-eligible Mets:

Manny Acosta


Rob Johnson

Fred Lewis

Daniel Murphy

Bobby Parnell

Mike Pelfrey


Andres Torres

Pelfrey and Torres (and possibly Acosta) are expected to be non-tendered in December, making them free agents.

The minimum salary in 2013 is $490,000. Thole's eligibility for arbitration means he may make $700,000 or $800,000 -- or more -- rather than a figure solely decided by the team close to the minimum.

Other Mets -- including Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda -- are not yet be eligible for arbitration this winter.