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Mets Rumors: Jacob deGrom extension talks began under our noses

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 21: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 21, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 21: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 21, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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It’s not New York Mets rumors season but we did get one last one before the season begins. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets began their initial conversation with Jacob deGrom about an extension.

Only a little over two years have passed since deGrom’s last extension. However, after the 2022 season, deGrom has an opt-out. Add another Cy Young to his resume and it’s something the team’s ace may seriously consider.

Mets rumors about an extension with Jacob deGrom is great news

As noted by Martino, nothing is imminent and talks of a longer relationship didn’t go beyond much more than some flirty words. It’s much different than the situation the Mets were in with Francisco Lindor. An extension with deGrom could happen at any time.

It’s great to see that after a winter of wondering what the future held for so many players we do get a little pre-Opening Day knowledge about what it could hold for deGrom. Sadly, there haven’t been any Mets rumors about potential deals with Michael Conforto. I know it’s early, but I’m beginning to think he shops himself around this winter.

The timing makes sense considering how much more Lindor got from the new ownership. It reminds me of the time several years ago when my boss was interviewing for someone to help assist me. The potential employee would essentially work under me. When asked about the salary at his current job, we learned he was making significantly more than I was doing a job with far fewer responsibilities. That afternoon, I got a raise to match what he was making at his other job.

I know this Mets situation isn’t as awkward as the one I had several years ago. Money is different in the sports world. deGrom’s salary pay him the same per pitch as mine did per hour—and this includes warm-up tosses between innings.

Good omens the Mets can win the 2021 World Series. Next

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Once the season begins, I’m not sure how many new Mets rumors about a deGrom extension will be whispered behind the scenes. If there’s one thing I am confident in it’s that Steve Cohen will not let him walk away without a fight.

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