Jacob deGrom lands record arbitration raise
Jacob deGrom is now a record-setter in salary after posting a historic pitching season.
deGrom received a $17 million salary for 2019 in arbitration, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. His $9.6 million raise from $7.4 million in 2018 to $17 million this year is a record arbitration raise.
Jacob deGrom just beat Mookie Betts' hours-old arbitration raise record, jumping from $7.4 million last season to $17 million this year, source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
Mookie Betts received $20 million in his second year of arbitration from the Boston Red Sox, jumping $9.5 million from what he received last year. So deGrom’s $9.6 million stands as the biggest jump.
While deGrom and Betts are still underpaid based on the value they provide their teams, the new arbitration amounts show they are at least able to earn very healthy salaries despite being under team control.
deGrom, 30, went 10-9 with a 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 217 innings last season. He won his first Cy Young award, received his second All-Star nod, and even finished fifth in NL MVP voting during his historic season.