The Mets swapped 2013 salary proposals with first baseman Ike Davis and second baseman Daniel Murphy, the club's lone remaining arbitration-eligible players, ahead of Friday's deadline to do so. According to multiple reports, Davis is asking for $3.7 million and the Mets have proposed $2.825 million. Murphy, meanwhile, asked for $3.4 million and was offered $2.55 million. Davis, 25, hit .227 with 32 home runs and 90 RBIs over a career-best 156 games in 2012, while making approximately $506,000.
As for the other part of the right side of the Mets' infield, Murphy also played in 156 games, posting a .291 average to go along with six homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBIs. The 27-year-old made approximately $512,000. The sides can continue negotiations in an attempt to avoid arbitration hearings, which will be scheduled anywhere between Feb. 4-20. If deals are not reached, a three-person panel will choose either the player's salary proposal or the club's, nothing in between.