Morning Briefing: DeGrom Sets Another Record

Good Morning Mets Fans!!

Yesterday at 1 PM was the deadline to exchange arbitration numbers between the players and their teams. These negotiations determine a player’s 2019 salary. Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports thinks that all, if the not the majority, of teams will employ a file-and-trial approach, a strategy that’s become increasingly popular throughout the years.

Mets Arbitration News

The Mets came to terms with all of their arb-eligible players.

Reigning Cy Young Award Winner Jacob deGrom was the significant benefactor of the arbitration system. His 2019 salary will be $17 million, a huge raise over his 2017 pay of $7.4 million. His $9.6 million raise is the most ever for a player going through arbitration for the third time.

Here are the other Mets players who avoided arbitration:

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Latest News in the MLB

Mookie Betts (a.k.a Moose Betts) set a new record with his 2019 salary of $20 million. His settlement completely demolished the record for those were eligible for arbitration for the second time.

The Yankees inked infielder DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Maury Brown of Forbes can’t believe that even though MLB revenue is skyrocketing, teams aren’t spending the excess money on their players.

Jeff Passan of ESPN looks how the arbitration system has affected players and teams’ relationships.

The Astros announced that Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery in his right elbow and should be ready for the regular season.

The Dodgers made a rather significant deal as they acquired catcher Russell Martin from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash and two minor leaguers. This move looks like the Dodgers are pivoting away from J.T. Realmuto.

Notable Players Who Avoided Arbitration:

Addison Russell, who is in the middle of a domestic violence investigation, and the Cubs agreed to a 3.4 million dollar deal that has 600k dollars worth of incentives that he can earn if stays on the roster for 150 days.

The full list of players that agreed to terms with their respective teams can be found here.

Some notable players that didn’t agree to terms with their teams and are expected to go to an arbitration hearing include Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and Yankees starter Luis Severino.

Those avoiding arbitration in the NL East:

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