The move that needs to be capitalized on is an extension for the 30-year old right-hander.
DeGrom made it abundantly clear in an exclusive interview with him that he is still open to it, despite extension talks of the past fizzling out.
“We said before we were willing to talk about it and nothing came of it. Anybody will tell you, you want to do right for you and your family, so if the money becomes guaranteed, that is something you have to consider. I enjoy being a Met.’’
As of now, deGrom is set to remain with the team through the 2020 season and will be in arbitration eligible each of the next two seasons.
That sets him up to hit free agency at the age of 32, which is usually not the greatest of ages to hit free agency as a hard-thrower looking to break the bank, as teams have become very wary of signing pitchers to long-term deals over the age of 30.
However, deGrom is 30 right now and having the best season of his career to date. Despite only having a 5-2 record to show for it, he currently has the best ERA in all baseball (1.51) while also having a 0.99 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 15 starts (95 1/3 innings pitched).
He has been nothing but consistent in his career either with a career 2.80 ERA that was blemished by no higher than a 3.53 ERA in any given season.
DeGrom also has also made 30 starts in two of the three full seasons with the club, only missing major league time in 2016 when he underwent surgery in September to repair nerve damage in his right shoulder. DeGrom did, however, have Tommy John Surgery in 2011 while he was still a minor leaguer.
Nonetheless, even if the team has not decided about whether to give their ace an extension, the players and coaches think it’s absurd to consider dealing him, as detailed in another exclusive interview.
Todd Frazier joked that the return would be an unrealistic price of a certain player, that every team but one doesn’t even have one of comparison.
“I would never want to trade a person like that, a guy that dominant unless you are going to get two Mike Trouts.’’
Meanwhile, Mickey Callaway believes that the returning package for a pitcher like deGrom doesn’t even matter because a team could never replace him in the rotation.
“Having a Jacob deGrom on your staff is essential to you winning ever. Why trade him? He would be so hard to replace. You could get five really, really good players and you still wouldn’t be able to replace what Jacob deGrom does every day. He is irreplaceable.’’
So while everyone gets annoyed watching the Mets squander so many of his brilliant pitching performances, remember that sentiment by Callaway.
If the team wants to win anytime in the near future, Jacob deGrom has to be a part of the solution, not the one the Mets use in the hopes of finding a new one.