NEW YORK, NY – After one of the most dominant regular seasons in Mets history, conventional wisdom says starting pitcher Jacob deGrom should be in line for a significant pay day. On Tuesday, the Mets and deGrom set Opening Day, March 28th, as the deadline for negotiations for a long-term extension.
While the Mets had thought of extending deGrom before the 2018 season, one year and one Cy Young Award later it seems like a foregone conclusion that the team would reach an agreement with its best pitcher. Adding to the likelihood of a deal, this past October the Mets hired deGrom’s former agent Brodie Van Wagenen to be the team’s next General Manager. Van Wagenen of course was outspoken during the 2018 All-Star Game about the Mets and their inactivity on an extension for deGrom.
With the motivation to hold on to one of the game’s best players, and the man that was eager to see an extension calling the shots it would seem that a deal would occur quickly. Even though that has not materialized yet, there is optimism.
“From my standpoint, Jacob – we care about him and he knows we care about him,” Van Wagenen said on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. “He knows how important he is to the organization and it will be my job to make sure there is no strained relationship no matter what takes place.”
The 30-year-old deGrom still has two years before he reaches free agency, plenty of time to strike the right deal with the Mets. The record $10 million jump for an arbitration-eligible player is a sign of good faith and should also give deGrom, and the Mets fanbase confidence that a deal will ultimately be reached.
Van Wagenen stated, “At this point, I don’t think there’s any drama.”