According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and first baseman Ike Davis have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Davis, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, will receive a slight increase in salary from the $3.125 million he made last year. Of course, that’s mostly a function of the process, as his .205/.326/.334 batting line from 2013 didn’t exactly scream raise.
The Mets have discussed trade scenarios involving Davis this winter, most notably with the Brewers and Orioles, but they haven’t found a taker yet. That could change in the coming weeks, but the 26-year-old will compete with Lucas Duda for the first base job during spring training assuming he sticks around. 2014 is a big year for Davis, as he figures to be a non-tender candidate next offseason if he doesn’t bounce back.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.