NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets reached 11th-hour deals Friday to avoid arbitration with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, reliever Addison Reed and catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
According to the New York Post, Harvey’s one-year deal is for $5.125 million. The 27-year-old right-hander, who earned $4.325 million in 2016, is coming off his worst season to date, one that was cut short when he underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Harvey appeared in 17 games in 2016, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA.
DeGrom will be paid $4.05 million, the Post reported. He went 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA before missing the final month of last season with an elbow injury. The 28-year-old righty earned $607,000 last year.
Harvey and deGrom will return to a rotation that also includes Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz and will enter the season with high expectations.
According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, d’Arnuad’s one-year contract is for $1.875 million while Reed will be paid $7.75 million this season.
D’Arnaud is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued season. In 75 games, he batted .247 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He missed significant time due to a shoulder injury.
D’Arnaud was acquired in the December 2012 R.A. Dickey trade with Toronto that also brought Syndergaard to the Mets.
At baseball’s winter meetings last month, Mets manager Terry Collins said of d’Arnaud: “We’ve got to get him back on track on both sides of the ball.”
D’Arnaud, 27, will return to a catching unit that also includes Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki.
Reed, meanwhile, was a bright spot for the Mets in 2016. Reed, who was acquired in an August 2015 trade with the Diamondbacks, appeared in 80 games last year, registering a 1.97 ERA. Over 77 2/3 innings, he struck out 91 batters while walking just 13.
With Jeurys Familia facing a possible lengthy suspension following his October arrest on a domestic-violence charge, Reed, 28, could find himself in the Mets’ closer role to start the season.
The deadline for teams to exchange arbitration figures with their eligible players was midday Friday. The Mets locked up pitcher Zack Wheeler ($800,000) and first baseman Lucas Duda ($7.25 million) earlier in the week.
The team had three other players who were eligible: pitchers Familia and Josh Edgin and infielder Wilmer Flores.