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Mets, Jacob deGrom avoid arbitration

deGrom will earn just over $4 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility.

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Jacob deGrom and the Mets have avoided arbitration, and the pitcher will earn $4.05 million this year, his first of arbitration eligibility. He can also earn performance bonuses on top of that base salary.

Under Mets control through the 2020 season, deGrom was very good last year before a nerve issue in his elbow ended his season prematurely. He had surgery to fix that issue but was done for the season in mid-September.

Before all of that, he made 24 starts, threw 148.0 innings, and had a 3.04 ERA and 3.32 FIP. And those numbers include his final three starts of the season, which went very poorly. Through 21 starts, he had a 2.30 ERA before giving up 16 runs in his final 14.2 innings of work. If all is well with his arm, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up being the Mets’ best pitcher in 2017, though at least one or two of his peers in the rotation might be able to claim that crown.