New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom showed confidence in his former-agent-turned-general-manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, last week, saying, “I honestly think he’s going to do a good job at this”, despite still being a bit befuddled at the, let’s say, unique qualities of the situation.
Now that the obligatory well-wishes have been expressed, it’s time to get to business. Jacob deGrom is coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history and is a virtual shoo-in to take home the National League Cy Young Award later this week.
The 30-year-old right-hander pitched to an MLB-leading 1.70 earned-run average with a 1.99 FIP, 0.912 WHIP, a microscopic 0.45 home runs per nine innings, and led all major league pitchers with his 8.8 fWAR.
The five-year MLB veteran made $7.4 million in 2018, his second arbitration-eligible season, and would likely double that, at least, if he went to arbitration this offseason. Although deGrom is arbitration eligible through the 2020 season, chances are, he will be locked up long-term well before then — with the Mets, or otherwise.
During last year’s All-Star break, Van Wagenen — still deGrom’s agent — told the Mets in no uncertain terms to either extend their ace or trade him. The Florida native finished out the year on a historic note, setting MLB records for consecutive quality starts along the way.
The Mets presumably don’t want deGrom going anywhere, and must be willing to show him how much he means to this organization. Van Wagenen said as much to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
“I’ve remained steadfast that I think he’s tremendous. I’d love to try to keep him if it’s possible. We’ll explore that in the coming weeks.”
Jacob deGrom added his thoughts to DiComo’s piece, as well. And it paints just as rosy a picture for his future in Queens, even if he does remain a bit vague. Par for the course, in this writer’s opinion.
“I really do enjoy playing in New York. The fans have treated me great. I enjoy taking the mound at Citi Field in front of them, and it’s rare that a guy spends his career with one team,” deGrom said. “If that was something they wanted to do […], then we’d be willing to definitely explore that.”
Everyone’s cards are on the table. Let’s make a deal, gentlemen.