Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell all are eligible for arbitration for the first time in their careers this offseason.
Exactly one week before the deadline to file for arbitration, the Mets have three potential cases -- all yet to be settled.
Murphy’s salary last season, set by the club, stood at $512,196. Davis earned $506,690. And Parnell earned $504,000.
All should take sizable jumps for 2013.
MLBTradeRumors.com projects Murphy will get a raise to $3 million, with Davis earning $2.8 million and Parnell earning $1.5 million.
If the sides do not settle beforehand, the player and team will exchange their final contract demands on Jan. 18. An arbitrator would choose either the player’s submitted figure or the team’s submitted figure after a hearing in February in Florida.
Davis is a “Super Two” and will have four years of arbitration eligibility before being eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. Murphy and Parnell are due to become free agents after the 2015 season.
A year ago, with Jonathon Niese at a similar point in his career, the Mets locked him up for at least five years at $25.5 million.
Sandy Alderson did not rule out pursuing a multi-year deal with one of his current arbitration-eligible players, although Alderson was not making such a prediction.
“It’s an option,” the GM said. "I’m not forecasting that.”