On January 11, 2019 — Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom reaches a one-year deal with the Mets for $17 million. The $9.6 million raise is the largest ever for a player eligible for salary arbitration. In the same vein, the Red Sox come to an agreement with reigning MVP Mookie Betts, signing him for $20 million, the most ever given to a player in his second year of arbitration eligibility; in fact the amount beats that given to any player in his third year of eligibility. Meanwhile, 3B Nolan Arenado has filed a claim for a $30 million salary, with the Rockies countering by offering $24 million; whatever the arbitration panel decides, the amount will be a record-setting one, topping the $23 million obtained by Josh Donaldson from the Blue Jays last year.


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