You may remember when I brought this issue up when it occurred in September to explain why the Mets still act like a dead broke team, but here are the details as explained by MLBTR.
The issue stems from a late promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas in September. Las Vegas was eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs on September 7. The Mets waited to promote Tejada until September 10, and that left him with two years and 171 days of playing time. The Mets had promoted several players the previous day.
Another day of service time would have given Tejada three full years, thus potentially making him eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. As it stands, the earliest he can be eligible for free agency is after the 2017 season. He will, however, be arbitration-eligible this offseason as a Super Two player.
Mets are aware of the potential grievance and declined comment. When reached by phone, Chris Leible, one of Tejada’s representatives at the Legacy Agency, declined comment.
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