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Mets: Will there come a time when Jacob deGrom demands a trade?

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the third inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field on June 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the third inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field on June 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Mets 4-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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If the frustrating losses continue, will we see a time when New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom requests a trade?

As a 30-year-old, I sometimes question whether or not I wasted my 20s. That decade was supposed to be my prime. I wouldn’t blame New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom if he looks back at his MLB career and has similar thoughts.

deGrom is in his prime right now. He’s putting up Cy Young numbers in 2018 even without an offense to back him up. Watching these terrific performances result in no-decisions is surely frustrating. I wonder, will there come a time when he demands a trade?

Something about deGrom tells me it will take a few bad years in New York before he goes so vocal. He’s not a harsh personality. Some may even say he doesn’t have much of a personality at all.

When compared to the showboat attitude of Matt Harvey or the persona Noah Syndergaard exudes, deGrom seems rather tame. He doesn’t complain or cause much controversy.

That said, there could come a time when he wakes up and wishes his best years were spent elsewhere.

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deGrom is far from slowing down. The Mets have him under control through 2020, which could mean he wastes another two seasons on a bad ball club. It all depends how the Mets respond to this current season.

It’s worth appreciating how positive deGrom comes across. We see in sports how negative some athletes can get. They can either turn on the management or fans without much just cause. In deGrom’s case, it’s hard to imagine he ever says anything against his employers or admirers.

Things could change. In his career, the 2017 season has been the only dreadful campaign. Going through it again in 2018 might feel stale.

deGrom isn’t going to land a mega-contract in free agency or sign an extension that breaks records. It’s a fact he has to face.

Because he made his MLB debut at 26, he’s behind his peers.

There’s no telling how deGrom will behave if the Mets season becomes a wash and he has to go through it yet again in 2019. Expecting him to sit back and let the losses pile up is unfair.

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In even the most courteous of fashions, I’m prepared to hear deGrom tell the public he wants out of Queens.

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