The Mets avoided salary abitration for starting Matt Harvey and shortstop Ruben Tejeda as both players agreed to new deals with the team on Friday. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports Harvey will earn $4.325 million in 2016, while Matt Ehalt of the Record reports Tejeda signed for $3 million.
Tejeda's last action of the 2015 season came in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers when second baseman Chase Utley wiped him out on a takeout slide. Tejeda broke his leg and missed the remainder of the playoffs, but became a rallying cry for the Mets drive to the NL Pennant.
Harvey started 29 games in 2015 posting a 12-8 record to go along with a 2.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. In four postseason starts the North Carolina native recorded a 2-0 record while registering a 3.04 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Harvey pitched eight innings of shutout baseball in Game 5 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Mets alpha deog was seen barking at manager Terry Collins to let him come out for the ninth inning. Clinging to a 2-0 lead, and three-outs away from forcing a Game 6, Harvey surrendered a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain, who stole second and reached home on a double by Eric Hosmer. Closer Jeurys Familia came in to limit the damage, but allowed one more run off a Salvador Perez RBI ground out to tie the score at 2.
The Amazin's would go on to lose Game 5 by a score of 7-2 in 12 innings and lost the series 4-1 to Kansas City.