Rivera hit .222 with six home runs, leading the Mets in caught stealing percentage (30 percent) and catcher’s ERA (2.75) by significant margins. With d’Arnaud slumping, Rivera started behind the plate in the National League Wild Card Game.
Of the Mets’ 10 arbitration-eligible players, Rivera was the only one at risk of a non-tender prior to Friday’s 8 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. The Mets tendered contracts to all of the others, including starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who is due for a significant raise as a first-time arbitration-eligible player.
“I’m definitely excited about entering that [process],” deGrom said Friday.
Clubs typically exchange salary information with their arbitration-eligible players in January. At that point, many players agree to new contracts with their employers. The rest go to a hearing, where an independent arbiter chooses either the club’s or the player’s suggested salary. In addition to deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Addison Reed, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda and d’Arnaud are all eligible for the process.
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