Mets fans rejoice! Jacob deGrom has signed with the Mets for five years.
The contract details are pretty straight forward: $137.5 million over five years with an opt out after 2022, as well as a full no-trade clause. This is a deal both sides wanted. deGrom wanted to be in Queens long term, and the Mets wanted to lock him up.
This deal is solid for the Mets. Although it is back loaded, the deal is helpful for General Manager Brodie van Wagenen’s “players first” thought process. It proves that the Mets want to win now, and in the future. With the reigning National League CY Young already 30 years old, it gives the Mets a window of prime deGrom, but also benefits him to get paid in a short period of time.
Something that could potentially fly under the radar is the full no trade clause. With rumors swirling around last season that deGrom could have been in a trade, Brodie van Wagenen has locked his former client up. It all but solidifies that he wanted to be in the orange and blue for the long haul.
If there is one thing to be taken from this deal is that, if you were not a believer in Brodie van Wagenen’s mentality of having the best players in Queens, it is time to believe. Although there were plenty of complaints that the Mets were not in on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. van Wagenen is ready to win, and signing deGrom solidifies that.
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