The Mets avoided hearings with four players eligible for salary arbitration after reaching one-year agreements with starter Mike Pelfrey, relievers Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta, and center fielder Andres Torres, the team announced Tuesday. Here are the final numbers.
- RP Manny Acosta signed for $875,000. His 2011 salary was $450,000.
- RP Ramon Ramirez signed $2.65 million. His 2011 salary was $1.65 million.
- CF Andres Torres signed for $2.7 million. His 2011 salary was $2.2 million.
- SP Mike Pelfrey signed for $5.675 million. His 2011 salary was $3.925 million.
Additionally, Adam Rubin calculates that with these moves the Mets payroll will be nearly $91 million for 2012.
Word out of the Winter Meetings has Hanley Ramirez upset about being asked to move to third base. Initial reports had Ramirez saying he’d be happy to move if it meant adding his buddy Jose Reyes.
RAMIREZ: Not a happy camper?
To hear Ramirez is unhappy is ridiculous, but hardly surprising considering how some teams communicate. This should have been resolved a long time ago, similar to when the Yankees traded for Alex Rodriguez, who knew he wouldn’t move Derek Jeter out of shortstop.
Ramirez is an immensely talented player, but also has pronounced streaks of petulance and moodiness, and can be a dog if he doesn’t get his way. This is not something a team on the rise needs. If these reports are true, the Marlins made a mistake, unless, of course they plan to deal Ramirez for pitching.
But, that’s Miami’s problem.