After just beating the buzzer to meet Jacob deGrom’s Opening Day deadline, the New York Mets have locked up their ace to a lucrative five-year deal.
This was arguably the most important move of the offseason for the Mets, and boy did Brodie Van Wagenen do a good job with this deal.
Jacob deGrom is only locked up until his age 35 season, which is a lot better than the deals the rest of the league has been seeing with these players being under contract well into their 40s.
deGrom will also be making an average of 27.5 million per year, which is on par with the best in the league, which is well deserved as he is the best pitcher in baseball.
deGrom won the Cy Young award last year, absolutely crushing the rest of the competition with a 1.70 ERA as well as adding 269 strikeouts and a 10-9 record due to the incompetence in the Mets bullpen.
deGrom has a career ERA of 2.67 and exactly 1000 strikeouts, along with a 55-41 record with a 27.0 WAR, which could potentially be Hall of Fame numbers if he could build off of them.
He was also a huge part of the Mets 2015 World Series run, where they were stopped by the Kansas City Royals in the big dance.
The Mets look to center another World Series run around their superstar ace, as well as their two other elite level pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler.
Jacob deGrom is a transcendent talent and there is no doubt that the Mets made a good decision by extending his contract.
This is the first time since Yoenis Cespedes signed his big deal I’ve seen the Wilpons willing to open up their wallets for a big name player, and boy was this a great move.
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Jacob deGrom is the type of player that can change the outlook of a franchise, and the Mets were able to keep him on their team for five more years. Stay tuned to Rising Apple for further analysis on deGrom and what this deal means for the Mets.