The New York Mets had a pretty solid day, inking several big-name players to avoid arbitration.
The New York Mets had six men lined up for arbitration this year. All of them settled.
No drama in New York…well, at least not in Flushing.
While the New York Yankees were unable to agree with all arbitration-eligible players (Luis Severino will be heading to arbitration), the Mets settled with all six, including big names like Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
Mets settled with all arbitration eligible guys.
Noah – 6 M
Degrom – 17 M
Conforto – 4.025 M
Matz – 2.625 M
Wheeler – 5.975 M
D’arnaud – 3.515 M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2019
The biggest name on there, deGrom, who agreed to a one-year contract for $17 million. That marks a record increase for a player eligible for arbitration. deGrom is coming off a season where he earned just $7.4 million.
Well, that was clearly well-deserved with his stellar 2018 campaign. 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.
What about Thor? The Mets put the hammer down on the long-haired wonder, offering him $6 million. Syndergaard earned $2.975 million for 2018 but put together yet another solid season to help boost his free agency prospects after the 2021 season.
Syndergaard and deGrom are not the only ones who signed on for another year. Even though Michael Conforto missed the majority of the 2018 season, the Mets still inked him to a one-year, $4.025 million deal.
What about Steven Matz? The Southpaw agreed to one year at 2.625 million. And Zach Wheeler is another who got a significant raise, jumping from $1.9 million in 2018 to $5.975 million.
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.
So the New York Mets have some of their key players back and they avoided going to arbitration. That’s a win for the Mets, so hopefully they’ll get a few more this season.