Last season, Jacob deGrom achieved the best ERA in baseball despite playing on a team that failed to crack the .500 percentage barrier. Now, the Mets are ensuring that one of their best pitching assets doesn’t leave New York anytime soon.
The Mets and deGrom reached an agreement on a new five-year extension worth $137.5 million, according to ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan. deGrom will now be under contract through the 2023 season, with a club option available to pick up for the following year. If the Mets do decide roll with deGrom’s option for 2024, the starting pitcher’s contract would exceed $170 million, reports Passan. The deal is pending a physical and also includes an opt-out after the 2022 season as well as a no-trade clause.
The news arrives on the heels of Noah Syndergaard’s criticism of the Mets’ treatment of deGrom. Now, Syndergaard can relax knowing his teammate is locked in for New York’s future.
“I think Jake’s the best pitcher in baseball right now,” Syndergaard told MLB.com’s Anthony diComo on Sunday. “I think he deserves whatever amount he’s worth. I want them to keep him happy so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets. I just think they should quit all the fuss and pay the man already.”
The 30-year old right-hander is coming off a career 2018 season in which he recorded an outstanding 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts. deGrom was voted to the All-Star game and received Cy Young honors for his efforts despite only garnering a 10-9 record as the Mets struggled to compete in the NL East. He finished fifth in MVP voting behind Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
deGrom’s new deal comes less than two days before Opening Day. It joins a flurry of late preseason extensions given to some of the Majors’ biggest superstars, including Mike Trout, Chris Sale, Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Arenado.
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.