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

New York Mets Settle Remaining Arbitration Cases Headlined by $17 Million Deal For Jacob Degrom

New York Mets Settle Remaining Arbitration Cases Headlined by $17 Million Deal For Jacob Degrom

The Mets and ace Jacob deGrom avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $17 million contract today. The deal was agreed upon before the team, and the pitcher was to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration.

Although, the appointment of the new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was deGrom's agent before taking this job ushers the possibility of NY being open to a long term deal. The Cy Young award winner's 10-9 record was not as widely discussed as his 1.70 ERA, by far the best of his career. DeGrom's last season earnings were $7.4 million.

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. The Southpaw agreed to one year at 2.625 million. He's a two-time All-Star selection and was the 2014 Rookie of the Year. Talks toward a long-term deal could open soon. Van Wagenen didn't rule out such a move at first, but eventually indicated the Mets plan to keep Thor at the front of a stingy rotation that is the foundation of the team.

Earlier Friday, the Mets and pitcher Noah Syndergaard on a one-year, $6 million contract, Heyman reported.

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.

DODGERS-BLUE JAYS: Los Angeles reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal to Milwaukee. This happens to be his first exposure to salary arbitration. 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. Both, Matz and the Mets are hoping that the player is ready to take a significant step forward on the mound.

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.