Mets RHP Jacob deGrom’s chances of staying in New York get intriguing hint from Steve Cohen
The New York Mets are blessed to have Jacob deGrom, who’s been nothing but sensational for them — especially in the 2021 MLB season. But is his insane overall performance on the mound this season a guarantee that he’ll have his contract extended beyond the end of the 2022 season? For the Mets’ big boss, Steve Cohen, it’s a conversation that can be had at a later time. per Anthony DiComo of the MLB .com.
Steve Cohen on renegotiating deGrom’s contract, which has an opt-out after 2022:
“I don’t think it’s the right moment. We’re focused on this year. Obviously, it’s something we’re thinking about. Listen, we love Jacob. … I don’t think I could pitch to a 0.54 ERA. He’s special.”
For a fuller look at where deGrom stands right now with regards to his commitment to the Mets, the right-hander, who just turned 33 on June 19, inked a five-year deal with New York in March 2019. That would suggest that he’s a controlled asset by the Mets until at least the end of the 2024 MLB season, but that’s just not the case.
DeGrom, who recently left a start early because of an apparent shoulder issue, has a player opt-out he can exercise by the end of the 2022 campaign. If he picks that up, he would have a guaranteed sum of $30.5 million. But with the way he is playing, deGrom could possibly a much bigger offer from somewhere else. Making things even more interesting is the fact that the Mets have a 2024 club option on deGrom, so it could be about who will pick what first.
For now, Mets fans should just enjoy having deGrom while they still do.