The Mets avoided arbitration with starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard before Friday’s noon deadline, agreeing to one-year contracts for the 2020 season.
Stroman's deal will be worth $12 million and Syndergaard’s will be worth $9.7 million, a source confirmed. Stroman made $7.4 million and Syndergaard made $6 million last season, according to Spotrac.
Lefthander Steven Matz, outfielders Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and recently acquired Jake Marisnick, closer Edwin Diaz, and relievers Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo also agreed to one-year contracts.
Players and clubs had until noon Friday to exchange salary figures. The Mets extended contract offers to the arbitration-eligible players last month.
If players and clubs don't agree to deals by the deadline, then the arbitration process starts to finalize contracts for the upcoming season, with hearings next month. Players and teams can negotiate contracts up until the hearings.
Syndergaard made a career-high 32 starts in 2019, finishing 10-8 with a career-worst 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
Stroman, who starred for Patchogue-Medford High School, was an All-Star with the Blue Jays last season before getting dealt to the Mets on July 28. Stroman was 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts for the Blue Jays and 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 starts for the Mets. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
Matz, who starred for Ward Melville High School, went 11-10 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 games, including 30 starts, last season. The 11 wins were a career high. He reportedly will make $5 million this season after making $2,625,000 in 2019, according to Spotrac. Matz will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
Diaz was acquired from the Mariners along with second baseman Robinson Cano in general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s first major deal on Dec. 3, 2018. Diaz was coming off a 57-save season and 1.96 ERA with Seattle in 2018 but struggled in his first season in New York. He was 2-7 with a 5.59 ERA, 26 saves and seven blown saves in 66 games. Diaz will get a big raise, reportedly making $5.1 million this season after making $607,425 in 2019, according to Spotrac.
Conforto had career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92) in 151 games last season. He reportedly will make $8 million this season after making $4,025,000 last season, according to Spotrac.
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