Mets, DeGrom Avoid Arbitration With Record $17M Deal

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 11, 2018, at Citi Field.
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Jacob deGrom still doesn't have his megacontract, but he did receive a record raise Friday.

The Mets and deGrom avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $17 million contract for the upcoming season, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported. 

DeGrom's $9.6 million pay bump from last year's $7.4 million salary is a record for arbitration. It's also a record for a third-time arbitration-eligible pitcher.

The 30-year-old right-hander is coming off a historic season in which he won the National League Cy Young Award and led the majors with a 1.70 ERA. He had 269 strikeouts, although poor run support led to an unspectacular 10-9 record.

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In his five seasons with the Mets, deGrom is 55-41 with a 2.67 ERA. He's a two-time All-Star selection and was the 2014 Rookie of the Year. He was also a member of the Mets' 2015 World Series team.

DeGrom has been looking for a long-term contract from the Mets. In July, his then-agent Brodie Van Wagenen suggested to The Athletic that the Mets should give him a multiyear deal or trade him. In a strange twist, Van Wagenen has since been hired as the Mets' general manager. Talks toward a long-term deal could open soon.

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

Zack Wheeler also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $5.975 million contract, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Puma is also reporting that Steven Matz has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.625 million, and that Michael Conforto gets $4.025 million to avoid arbitration.