Jacob DeGrom: Historic Raise For Historic Season

Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets have avoided arbitration by signing reigning NL Cy Young award victor Jacob deGrom to a record one-year, $17 million deal, a record salary for a player entering his final year of team control. An arbitration hearing between the Mets and deGrom would have been about the worst-case scenario for them, and it's very good that they avoided one. His $9.6 million raise from $7.4 million in 2018 to $17 million this year is a record arbitration raise.

It's also nice for NY that it avoided hearings with any of its arbitration-eligible players.

Mookie Betts received $20 million in his second year of arbitration from the Boston Red Sox, jumping $9.5 million from what he received last year. Outfielder Michael Conforto, Catcher Travis D'Arnaud and Pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, all of whom got contracts for 2019. The Mets could easily tack another four or five years onto this contract and secure deGrom's long term future in Queens, and those talks should now continue over the next few months.

The two-time All-Star finished his Cy Young campaign having pitched 217 innings with a league-best 1.70 ERA, becoming one of only seven pitchers since 1933 to post a 1.70 ERA or better throwing 215 innings or more.

YANKEES: D. J. LeMahieu, a free-agent second baseman who won a Gold Glove, agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract - a deal that would appear to eliminate NY as a destination for Manny Machado. Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, doubling his salary. Though the talks are expected to commence soon, Van Wagenen has declared that he will be skipping the negotiations involving deGrom citing conflict of interest. Two raises of $9 million or more for players repeatedly eligible for arbitration has never had never been seen before Friday.

Finally healthy again last season, Wheeler ($5,975,000) is coming off a breakout performance in the second half. He is expected to become a free agent after the upcoming season. Matz and the Mets are both hoping he's ready to take a significant step forward on the mound. This happens to be his first exposure to salary arbitration. He is also is eligible for arbitration, however, this will be his first time.

D'Arnaud got $3,515,000. Served to you of course, with a side of sarcasm.

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