After months of back and forth, the Mets finally came to their senses and extended fan-favorite Jacob deGrom.
Yes Mets fans, it has finally happened! On Tuesday, it was reported by Andy Martino of SNY that Jacob deGrom signed a 5-year $137.5 million contract with New York that includes a full no-trade clause, a sixth-year team option, and plenty of deferred money.
BREAKING: The Mets have a deal on a contract extension with Jacob deGrom, per source. It is pending a physical. He is in NY right now for physical.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) March 26, 2019
This extension follows in the footsteps of other starting pitchers getting big bucks. Chris Sale re-upped with Boston for 5 years and $145 million, and Justin Verlander stayed put in Houston for 2 years and $66 million.
At 30 years old, this all but means that deGOAT is going to be a Met for life (at least we hope so), and rightfully so. Since making his MLB debut in 2014, deGrom has compiled a lifetime ERA of 2.67 (sheesh) with 1,000 strikeouts and a 1.072 WHIP. That includes a memorable game on September 15, 2014 against the Marlins when he tied the Major League record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game with 8.
The right-hander undoubtedly had his best season of his career in 2018, when he posted an unbelievable 1.70 ERA over 32 games on his way to his first ever Cy Young award. During that season, deGrom broke the Major League record for consecutive quality starts with 29 straight starts allowing 3 or fewer runs. Talk about utterly dominant.
(UPDATE: After today’s Mets Opening Day shutout win, deGrom’s quality starts streak new increases to a Major League record 30.)
It seemed that contract talks were losing steam between deGrom and New York, but now we can all let out a major sigh (Cy) of relief. Now that deGrom is locked up as the Mets’ ace for years to come, New York can shift its focus to keeping the rest of its homegrown talent in the big apple. Other players who will be looking for long-term deals are fan favorites like Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and Zack Wheeler. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen has proven that he is the man for both the players and the fans. Hopefully the Wilponzis will dish out the money necessary to keep these guys in blue and orange.
What also came as a surprise was the news that David Wright played a big factor in getting the deGrom deal done. (Check out Anthony DiComo’s article for more info on this) New York’s former captain and superstar third basemen is now making moves for the Mets front office. Wright has proved once again that he’s the greatest asset and personality in Mets history. I speak on behalf of all Mets fans when I say I fucking love David Wright. If Tom Seaver is indeed getting a statue put up in front of Citi Field, David Wright better be getting a tower dedicated to him. Here’s looking at you, Empire State Building.
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