The Mets’ best pitcher of 2017 gets a substantial raise ahead of the new season.
The minute Noah Syndergaard went down, the Mets rotation was doomed to be a weak point. That is except for one big name: Jacob deGrom. The 29-year-old righty posted a 5.0 WAR in 2017 as was easily the best player on either side of the ball for the Amazin’s.
As such, this new deal worth $7.4 million is surely deserved. DeGrom gets a nice raise from his salary last season of $4.05 million, and even though he’s probably considered the second best starter in this rotation, he could be a front of the line starter on most teams.
Last season, deGrom stayed healthy throughout the year, thankfully and started 31 games. His 3.43 ERA wasn’t as great as he’s had before (in fact it was a career worst), but compared to how bad every other starter was, deGrom was a breath of fresh air in every sense.
Overall though, deGrom maintained his consistency throughout 2017. His 1.187 WHIP was the second lowest in the entire team (only Addison Reed had a better WHIP). In the 201 1/3 innings pitched, deGrom only allowed 180 hits. He struck out 239 batters, however, and only walked 59.
Going into 2018, deGrom will be best served working on the number of home runs he allows. This was easily his worst flaw. His previous season saw a big increase in this department as he allowed a career high 28 bombs to opposing hitters. This surely contributed to his career high in ERA as well.
This is the first year of arbitration for deGrom. The Mets have control of the righty for another two years after this season after which he’ll become a free agent in the 2021. This pay raise is surely deserved, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Mets try to lock him up before he hits the open market.