DeGrom and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $17 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. The deal represents a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player after deGrom earned just $7.4 million last season, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, beating the record set by Mookie Betts just hours earlier. It's hard to argue the deal is anything less than what deGrom deserves after winning the NL Cy Young by posting a 1.70 ERA, striking out 32.2 percent of batters while walking just 5.5 percent.
DeGrom won the 2018 National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. As expected, deGrom ran away with the award, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes after leading the majors with a ridiculous 1.70 ERA across 32 starts (217 innings). The 30-year-old finished with the fewest wins ever (10) for a Cy Young Award-winning starter.
DeGrom (10-9) picked up the win Wednesday, allowing only two hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out 10 in a 3-0 victory over the Braves. Getting one final chance to state his case for the NL Cy Young, deGrom didn't waste his opportunity, fanning double-digit batters for the seventh time in 13 second-half starts and lowering his MLB-leading ERA to a stunning 1.70. In fact, it's the best ERA by a Met since Dwight Gooden's legendary 1985 campaign, and the third best in franchise history behind Tom Seaver's 1971 season.
DeGrom allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 12 over seven innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He didn't factor into the decision. DeGrom gave up all three of his runs in the third inning, but he managed to record four straight scoreless frames to end his outing. He left with the game tied 3-3, but Boston would strike for a run in the bottom of the eighth and hang on for the victory. The 30-year-old has continued to pitch well in the final month of the season, giving up six runs and striking out 27 over 20 frames in September (three starts).
DeGrom (8-9) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across seven innings Tuesday to take the loss versus the Marlins. He struck out nine. DeGrom didn't allow a hit outside of the fourth inning, but he unfortunately allowed three in a row that inning, culminating in a two-run double by Lewis Brinson. He threw 71 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced eight groundball outs, but he once again received next to no offensive support and amazingly has a losing record despite being a frontrunner for the National League Cy Young Award. DeGrom continues to pitch at the highest level at virtually every turn through the rotation and will take a 1.71 ERA to go along with a 0.95 WHIP into this weekend's scheduled start against the Red Sox.