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March 21, 2019

Jacob deGrom and the Mets avoid arbitration as Cy Young winner accepts $17M for 2019

January 11, 2019

Jacob deGrom is finally getting paid.

No, the Mets have not stepped up and signed the National League Cy Young winner to a multi-year extension as many of their fans are calling for them to do.

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But they did make him an offer he could not refuse. DeGrom accepted the Mets offer of $17 million for 2019 on Friday, avoiding arbitration, according to a source.

It is a significant raise from his 2018 salary of $7.4 million.

Jacob deGrom has plenty of reasons to smile Friday as he gets a record salary bump from the Mets. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

If anyone deserved such a pay bump, however, it was deGrom. The only draw for a miserable team in 2018, he claimed the Cy Young despite having just 10 wins.

It is the largest raise in arbitration history, just edging out Mookie Betts $9.5 million raise from the Red Sox earlier Friday.

A team source said they are still hopeful they will be able to work out a long-term extension with the right-hander.

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