The Mets and ace Jacob deGrom avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $17 million contract today.
Given that he made $7.4 million last year, that’s a record raise in arbitration, and a record for a pitcher going through the arbitration process for the third time. And it was certainly earned after deGrom’s Cy Young-winning year.
The Mets would still like to sign deGrom to a long-term extension, but nothing seems particularly close on that front at the moment.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.