If you want to argue Jacob deGrom deserves to be higher on this list, I wouldn’t fight you. I don’t care how easily you could be defeated. I’m very willing to accept your thoughts.
You see, deGrom is already an all-time Mets great. With a lifetime WAR of 27.9, he’s the ninth best in this category in the franchise’s history. Of course, about a third of this total came from his tremendous 2018 season. I fully expect him to add to this total further over the next year.
deGrom should continue to climb the ranks of the greatest to ever play for the Mets. The longer they keep him, the more he should establish himself in this franchise’s history. He’ll continue to set single-season records while also compiling enough numbers to receive a mention in career totals.
Thus far, through five seasons, deGrom has 55 wins for the Mets and a 2.67 ERA. He has a Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and two All-Star trips. His career is young and may only get better.
Even if deGrom is done with his Mets career soon, I think his placement on this list could improve. He hasn’t had a bad year yet and looks poised to be one of those aces who has stellar seasons even into his 30s.
We’ve seen only a few chapters of deGrom’s career. Hopefully, we see many more. If they’re half as good as the first few, I reckon we will see him crack the top-10 easily.
For deGrom, the sky is the limit.