Jacob deGrom gets record contract; Mets still hopeful for long-term extension

A historic season resulted in a historic raise for Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom received the largest arbitration raise in Major League Baseball history by agreeing to a $17 million deal for 2019, according to a source. DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, received a $9.6 million raise, which just beats out the reported $9.5 million raise Boston's Mookie Betts will receive. It's also the largest salary for any third-time arbitration-eligible player.

DeGrom put himself in position to receive such a sizable raise by producing one of the best seasons in MLB history this past year. The 30-year-old went 10-9 with an MLB-best 1.70 ERA spanning 32 starts, and set several major league records.

This deal can be considered a win-win for both sides since deGrom will finally be paid a reasonable figure, and it doesn't hurt the Mets to show some good will while the parties are willing to negotiate a long-term deal to keep deGrom in Flushing.

While an official long-term offer has not been made, per a source, both sides have expressed interest in extending their partnership. DeGrom's contract is up after 2020, and he is willing to stay provided the Mets fairly compensate him.

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