MLBTR: 2019 Mets Arbitration Projections

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors released a predictions list for all 30 teams arbitration-eligible players and what their final salaries will end up being.

The Mets have nine players on the roster that are slated to be eligible for arbitration this offseason.

In terms of the pitching staff, all four of the young starters pictured above will be hitting arbitration. Jacob deGrom will make the largest sum of the bunch entering his second season of arbitration with a projected income of $12.9 million when its all said and done in his third year of arbitration after his Cy Young campaign in 2018.

Noah Syndergaard, meanwhile, is projected to receive $5.9 million in his second year of arbitration after making a little over $2.9 million this year.

Zack Wheeler is expected to see a $4 million raise from his $1.9 million salary in 2018 at a total of $5.9 million in his third and final season of arbitration this offseason. His salary remained so low largely due to the number of injury issues he dealt with from 2015-2017. Wheeler will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

Steven Matz will have the lowest number of the bunch as he is expected to receive only $3 million in his first year of arbitration.

The last pitcher mentioned is Rafael Montero who could be a non-tender candidate, but coming off Tommy John Surgery in 2018 is only expected to make $900K, thereby making him quite inexpensive to keep. However, he will once again be without any options so if he fails to earn a roster spot upon returning from the DL next season he could find himself without a job very quickly.

In terms of hitters with secure footings on roster spots in 2019, Michael Conforto will be entering his first season of arbitration and is expected to see a raise to $4.4 million this offseason.

Meanwhile, Kevin Plawecki could see more a modest increase in his first year of arbitration to $1.3 million in 2019.

Moving on to the non-tender candidates, Travis d’Arnaud is projected to make $3.7 million, but coming off Tommy John Surgery and having not had an uber-productive season since 2015, the Mets might look to part ways for the catcher at that price.

Wilmer Flores, who by now is an iconic fan-favorite, also might find himself in jeopardy of being non-tendered given his early signs of arthritis and the fact that the team has multiple first base options including Jay Bruce, Dominic Smith, and top-prospect Peter Alonso. If the Mets were to strike a deal with him, Flores could get $4.7 million.

Flores notably challenged the Mets in his first year of arbitration back in 2017 as the Mets offered $1.8 million while he countered at $2.2 million. That ended up leading to a hearing in which Flores won. This will be his third and final time going through arbitration before becoming a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

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