Adam Rubin is rolling out his ever popular Pace Law Annual Salary Projection Series. In making their determinations, Pace puts together a panel that will base their projections on the following:
- The quality of the player’s contribution to his club during the past season (referred to as his “platform season”), including but not limited to his overall performance, special qualities of leadership and public appeal
- The length and consistency of his career contribution
- The player’s past compensation
- Comparative baseball salaries
- The existence of any physical or mental issues on the part of the player
- The recent performance record of the club, including but not limited to its league standing and attendance, as an indication of public acceptance
So without further ado…
Jacob deGrom, RHP
Pace Salary Projection: $4.225 million
MLBTR Salary Projection: $4.50 million
You can read their full analysis here.
Jacob deGrom had an up and down season in 2016, but if I hear or read that he had an awful season one more time I’m going to respond with some shock and awe. The former Rookie of the Year battled lower back paing and questions about his velocity, and he still ended the season with a 3.04 ERA and 1.203 WHIP over his 24 starts with a 143:36 Strikeout to Walk Ratio. An awful season indeed.
DeGrom, 28, was shutdown due to elbow soreness and after tests revealed an irritated ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow, he underwent surgery to move the nerve to a different part of his arm. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training. I expect him to continue his three year reign of dominance as one of the top right-handers in the National League and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a career year in 2017.