By Gem Tablak
Jacob deGrom & the Mets will avoid going to arbitration after agreeing to a one year deal that is worth $4.05M.
In 2016, deGrom only started 24 games due to an elbow injury in which he got surgery on in late September. He pitched 148.0 innings, giving up 142 hits & 36 BB’s but also mowed down 143 batters.
Earlier on in the season there was talking of deGrom’s velocity dropping some & hitters did have their best year off of deGrom in terms of batting average at .255, however it didn’t seem to effect his results after finishing off with a 3.04 ERA & a record of 7-8.
deGrom does have performance bonuses in his contract which makes sense for both side. If deGrom stays healthy & does what Met fans are used to seeing, he absolutely deserves the raise & the Mets acknowledging such will make it easier when it comes time to start chalking up an extension that will hopefully buy out a couple of his post arbitration years.