Ruben Tejada awarded an extra day of service time

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Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Mets infielder Ruben Tejada was awarded an extra day of service time with the Mets as part of his arbitration settlement. It doesn’t sound like much, but he would have been at four years and 171 days of service time. Getting to 172 days means he can become a free agent after this season, as 172 days is considered a full year of service time. Tejada’s representatives were considering filing a grievance over his service time several years ago.

Tejada and the Mets avoided arbitration on January 15, agreeing to a $3 million salary for the 2016 season. Adding an extra day of service time for Tejada can obviously help him make more money, especially if he has a good showing this season. It could also save the Mets the paperwork hassle of having to non-tender him after the season.

Tejada, 26, hit .261/.338/.350 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 407 plate appearances last season. During the playoffs against the Dodgers, he was injured on a nasty takeout slide by Chase Utley. During the offseason, the Mets acquired Neil Walker from the Pirates and signed Asdrubal Cabrera, which leaves Tejada out of a starting job.

MLB crowds jump from ’21, still below pre-pandemic levels

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PHOENIX — Even with the homer heroics of sluggers like Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn’t able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-19 affected campaign in 2021.

The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the regular season that ended Wednesday, which is up from the 45.3 million who attended games in 2021, according to This year’s numbers are still down from the 68.5 million who attended games in 2019, which was the last season that wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers led baseball with 3.86 million fans flocking to Dodger Stadium for an average of 47,672 per contest. The Oakland Athletics – who lost 102 games, play in an aging stadium and are the constant subject of relocation rumors – finished last, drawing just 787,902 fans for an average of less than 10,000 per game.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished second, drawing 3.32 million fans. They were followed by the Yankees (3.14 million), defending World Series champion Braves (3.13 million) and Padres (2.99 million).

The Toronto Blue Jays saw the biggest jump in attendance, rising from 805,901 fans to about 2.65 million. They were followed by the Cardinals, Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers, and Mets, which all drew more than a million fans more than in 2021.

The Rangers and Reds were the only teams to draw fewer fans than in 2021.

Only the Rangers started the 2021 season at full capacity and all 30 teams weren’t at 100% until July. No fans were allowed to attend regular season games in 2020.

MLB attendance had been declining slowly for years – even before the pandemic – after hitting its high mark of 79.4 million in 2007. This year’s 64.6 million fans is the fewest in a non-COVID-19 season since the sport expanded to 30 teams in 1998.

The lost attendance has been balanced in some ways by higher viewership on the sport’s MLB.TV streaming service. Viewers watched 11.5 billion minutes of content in 2022, which was a record high and up nearly 10% from 2021.