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. In July, his then-agent Brodie Van Wagenen suggested to The Athletic that the Mets should give him a multiyear deal or trade him. 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 will earn $17 million in 2019, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports, an increase of $9.6 million over his 2018 salary.
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.
Apart from DeGrom, The Mets reached deals with all six eligible players before the scheduled exchange of salary figures.
Syndergaard, doubling his salary, agreed to a $6 million deal. This raise, which beat deGrom's projected salary by about $4 million, should also put deGrom in a favorable mindset to begin a long term negotiation. Wheeler, who was finally healthy again in the last season, settled for $5,975,000.
Zack Wheeler also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $5.975 million contract, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. He is expected to become a free agent after the upcoming season. That is now the record for the biggest raise in salary arbitration history, and definitely sets a positive tone for extension talks.
Conforto ($4,025,000), an All-Star in 2017, missed almost all of spring training previous year following shoulder surgery and got off to a punchless start at the plate. He made $605,094 last season and is eligible for arbitration for the first time.
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