The Mets have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Edwin Diaz ,and Marcus Stroman the biggest names in that group.
Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Mets' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...
RHP Marcus Stroman: $11.8 million, up from $7.4 million in 2019
When the Mets traded for Stroman during the 2019 season, they did it with an eye on him being a replacement in 2020 for either Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard. Wheeler earned a shade under $6 million this season and is about to become an unrestricted free agent. This is Stroman's final year of arbitration, with him set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.
RHP Noah Syndergaard: $9.9 million, up from $6.0 million in 2019
Syndergaard was the subject of trade rumors last offseason and again during the season, but Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen cut those rumors off earlier this month before they started. Syndergaard is expected to remain in what his his second-to-last season of arbitration eligibility.
OF Michael Conforto: $9.2 million, up from $4.025 million in 2019
After another strong season, Conforto is looking at a substantial raise for 2020. Like Syndergaard, Conforto is arbitration-eligible in 2020 and 2021 before being eligible for free agency.
RHP Edwin Diaz: $7.0 million, up from $607,425 in 2019
Despite his mostly terrible season in 2019, Diaz -- eligible for arbitration for the first time -- is in line for a massive raise due to the totality of what he has achieved during his career. He will be arbitration-eligible again in 2021 and 2022.
LHP Steven Matz: $5.3 million, up from $2.625 million in 2019
Like Syndergaard and Conforto, Matz has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season.
INF Joe Panik: $5.1 million, up from $555,000 in 2019
The 2019 figure above for Panik was what the Mets paid him as a free agent after he was DFA'd by the Giants during the season. The 2020 number seems like one that is way too high. With a full infield and Panik having struggled over the last few seasons, he seems like the Mets' only true non-tender candidate.
RHP Seth Lugo: $1.9 million, up from $591,875 in 2019
2020 will be Lugo's first season of arbitration eligibility. Because of that, the Mets will be paying one of the better relievers in baseball an incredibly team-friendly rate.
OF Brandon Nimmo: $1.7 million, up from $598,285 in 2019
Like Lugo, 2020 will be Nimmo's first season of arbitration eligibility.
RHP Robert Gsellman: $1.2 million, up from $582,500 in 2019
Gsellman -- entering his first season of arbitration -- missed a chunk of the second half in 2019 due to injury, but will almost certainly have a spot in the Mets' 2020 bullpen.