Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Jacob deGrom, Reach Record-Setting Agreement

Mets Avoid Arbitration With Jacob deGrom, Reach Record-Setting Agreement

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

The deal was agreed to Friday afternoon, just hours before the pitcher and team were set to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration and have a judge settle the matter for 2019. It also set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time. 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.

- DeGrom led baseball with a 1.70 ERA, joining a group of 16 pitchers to post a sub-2.00 ERA and pitch over 200 innings since the mound was lowered in 1968. He had 269 strikeouts, although poor run support led to an unspectacular 10-9 record. DEGrom's extension is expected to be for at least five years, it will probably to amount to the average annual value of contracts signed in recent seasons. In July, his then-agent Brodie Van Wagenen suggested to The Athletic that the Mets should give him a multiyear deal or trade him. 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. Now serving as New York's GM, Van Wagenen has spent most of the offseason shoring up the roster behind the team's franchise ace. So deGrom's $9.6 million stands as the biggest jump.

BRAVES: Atlanta agreed to a $5,475,000, one-year deal with Mike Foltynewicz, avoiding arbitration with the All-Star right-hander.

Finally healthy again last season, Wheeler ($5,975,000) is coming off a breakout performance in the second half. Still, he beat the Mets in salary arbitration last February and got a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of New York's $1.5 million offer. He is expected to become a free agent after the upcoming season. Matz agreed to $2,625,000, his salary past year was $577,000.

Conforto ($4,025,000), an All-Star in 2017, missed almost all of spring training a year ago following shoulder surgery and got off to a punchless start at the plate.

PADRES: San Diego agreed to one-year contracts with its three remaining arbitration-eligible players: closer Kirby Yates, catcher Austin Hedges and left-hander Robbie Erlin.

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

D'Arnaud got $3,515,000.

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