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.