Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard avoid arbitration

Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard avoid arbitration

DeGrom avoided arbitration with the team by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2019 worth $17 million this Friday, January 11th.

The Mets avoided arbitration with all their eligible players this year. The deal was agreed upon before the team, and the pitcher was to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration.

The notorious JdG also set an Major League Baseball record for the highest single-season raise in arbitration-era history after earning just $7.4 million last season.

DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was chosen to the All-Star Game. He had 269 strikeouts, although poor run support led to an unspectacular 10-9 record.

The Mets right-hander finished with one of the best seasons in recent pitching memory in 2018.

The Mets would still like to sign deGrom to a long-term extension, but nothing seems particularly close on that front at the moment. So far, the heftiest contract in the history of Mets is the $138 million deal David Wright got after the 2012 season.

NY sounds open to a long-term deal under new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was deGrom's agent before switching sides and taking the front-office job. The $9.6 million raise for an arbitration-eligible player also edged out the previous record of $9.5 million which had been set by Boston's Mookie Betts Friday morning.

So, there is no question deGrom earned his big raise. DeGrom, 30, is open to a long-term deal to stay in Flushing.

And the last Met to get a raise would be Travis d'Arnaud, agreeing to a $3.151 million. d'Arnaud only played in four games during the 2018 season but looks to be back and making a big impact for 2019.

Noah Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, which is also a significant bump.

Finally healthy again last season, Wheeler ($5,975,000) is coming off a breakout performance in the second half. Last season, he beat the Mets in salary arbitration and got himself a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million, $0.4 million more than New York's $1.5 million offer.

Wheeler can become a free agent after the upcoming season. Matz agreed to $2,625,000, his salary previous year was $577,000.

GIANTS: Left-hander Will Smith reached agreement on a $4,225,000 contract to avoid salary arbitration.

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