PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – The New York Mets renewed All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom’s contract for $607,000 Friday after the sides could not agree on a deal for the 2016 season.
DeGrom, who helped the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, gets a nine percent raise from his earnings last year, when he had a $531,875 salary plus a $25,000 bonus for winning the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year award, a total of $556,875.
“That’s the business side of the game,” deGrom said. “That’s why I hired my agents. I feel like I have some of the best in the business, and it’s a business decision that we decided to make. We have great respect for the Mets and the system they have, and I feel like we have a great relationship with them. As I’ve said before, I love playing here and I want to be in this uniform for a long time. It was just a decision based on the business side of the game.”
Under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Mets had the right to unilaterally renew deGrom’s contract from March 2-11.
DeGrom has 1 year, 139 days of service time and could be eligible for salary arbitration next winter if he is among the top 22 percent by service time for players with more than 2 years but less than 3.
He was 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 191 innings last season.