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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Noah Syndergaard

14 January 2019

Jacob deGrom, the NL Cy Young Award victor, and the New York Mets agreed Friday to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary. An arbitration hearing between the Mets and deGrom would have been about the worst-case scenario for them, and it's very good that they avoided one. In July, his then-agent Brodie Van Wagenen suggested to The Athletic that the Mets should give him a multiyear deal or trade him.

Van Wagenen made waves during the 2018 All-Star Game when (acting as deGrom's representative) he called on the Mets to pay the eventual Cy Young victor or trade him immediately.

ATHLETICS: Khris Davis is getting a $6 million raise to $16.5 million after leading the majors in home runs last season. So deGrom's $9.6 million stands as the biggest jump. Two raises of $9 million or more for players repeatedly eligible for arbitration has never had never been seen before Friday. The Southpaw agreed to one year at 2.625 million. Talks toward a long-term deal could open soon. He's a two-time All-Star selection and was the 2014 Rookie of the Year.

The deadline for teams to reach one year deals prior to salary arbitration was at 1:00 pm, and the New York Mets took care of their business efficiently.

Other Mets to avoid arbitration included Noah Syndergaard ($6 million), Steven Matz ($2.625 million), Zack Wheeler ($5.975 million), and Conforto ($4.025 million).

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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. 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.

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

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.

D'Arnaud got $3,515,000.

Mets Avoid Arbitration With Noah Syndergaard