Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has won his arbitration case against the team, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Wheeler will earn $1.9 million this coming season. The Mets had filed at $1.5 million. With Wheeler's contract figured in, the Mets' payroll is currently at $146.37 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.
The 27-year-old Wheeler had a 5.21 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 81 strikeouts in 86.1 innings (17 starts) for the Mets in 2017.
His last start came on July 22. Roughly a month later, Wheeler was shut down for the season due to a stress reaction in his right arm.
Wheeler missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery and setbacks during the recovery process. Prior to having Tommy John surgery, Wheeler had a 3.42 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in his rookie season of 2013, and a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 2014.
He was the only Mets player to go to an arbitration hearing. The team settled with AJ Ramos, Jacob deGrom, Hansel Robles, Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, and Matt Harvey.
Wheeler is expected to be in the 2018 starting rotation along with deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey, and Steven Matz.