MLB free agency: Jacob deGrom may return to the New York Mets

The New York Mets are still interested in re-signing deGrom, while the Texas Rangers appear to be their main rival at this point.

Jacob deGrom may return to the New York Mets

Jacob deGrom may return to the New York Mets
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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has not found a large market in MLB free agency.  That could be because of his asking price and injury history.

The New York Mets are still interested in re-signing deGrom, while the Texas Rangers appear to be their main rival at this point.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, deGrom’s asking price of a three-year contract may cause other teams to hold off on signing him.

“With the Rangers now appearing very interested in free agent starter Carlos Rodon, per league sources, could the situation be breaking the Mets way? After all, if the Rangers pass on deGrom, who other than the Mets will offer deGrom a three-year contract?” (Report on Jacob deGrom’s MLB free agent status)

Despite another disappointing season in Arlington, Texas is once again active in free agency.

This includes pursuing some of the best starting pitchers available. On the surface, deGrom didn’t make much sense.

He is 35 years old and has started all 38 games over the last three seasons. Rodon, who is roughly five years younger than his counterpart, would be a better fit.

Jacob deGrom’s return to the New York Mets is possible

Should deGrom leave in free agency, the Mets have been linked to reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as a backup option. Just to be clear. The Mets’ No. 1 pitcher is deGrom, not Verlander.

If New York offers a market-value three-year deal and owner Steve Cohen is willing to spend, there’s every reason to believe deGrom will stay.

In fact, the Mets are banking on him wanting to spend his entire career with the same team.
“Anyway, the Mets are hoping that the notoriously difficult to read deGrom will be swayed by the chance to play his entire career for one team,” report on Jacob deGrom’s thinking. “It does not hurt that the team convinced pitching coach Jeremy Hefner to return, because Hefner is one of the few club officials with whom deGrom will engage in earnest (GM Billy Eppler has also built a collegial relationship with deGrom).”

DeGrom is coming off a season in which he went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 64.1 innings, striking out 102 batters.

In terms of Jacob deGrom’s market, it has been reported that he could be looking at a three-year, $125 million deal.

That would be slightly less than Max Scherzer’s record-breaking three-year, $130 million deal with the same Mets last offseason.

That would be slightly less than Max Scherzer’s record-breaking three-year, $130 million deal with the same Mets last offseason.