The Mets and second baseman Daniel Murphy have avoided salary arbitration in settling on a one-year deal for 2013 at $2.925 million. Murphy had filed for $3.4 million and the Mets countered at $2.55 million. Had the case gone before an arbitrator, either the Mets' or Murphy's exact figure would have prevailed. In settling, both sides concede a bit in arriving at a (presumably) mutually agreeable figure and avoid any potential acrimony that may have arisen as a consequence of salary arbitration, a process which has been known to grow contentious at times. A couple of weeks ago, Chris McShane discussed the merits of ranking Murphy among the ten best second basemen in baseball and ultimately concluded that, while his bat may justify such a high rating, his defense probably knocks him back a bit.