The Mets on Wednesday agreed to a new one-year deal with shortstop Ruben Tejada, thereby avoiding arbitration. The deal comes one day after the Mets agreed to a $1.1 million deal with shortstop Ruben Tejada. The starting job will instead almost certainly default to Tejada for the third straight season. With Davis and Tejada signed, the Mets have five arbitration-eligible players: Duda, second baseman Daniel Murphy, outfielder Eric Young Jr., and pitchers Bobby Parnell and Dillon Gee. Davis, 26, earned $3.1 million last season in his first year of arbitration a year that saw him struggle through a second straight season-opening slump. Employing two left-handed first basemen with similar skill sets in Davis and Lucas Duda, the Mets made it known at the beginning of the offseason that they preferred to trade one of them. More recently, general manager Sandy Alderson has backed off that stance, saying that he is "perfectly happy to go into Spring Training with Davis and Duda both on the team."