1) MLB free agent Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom
The best free agent from the National League East this winter is a guy who gets to choose to become one. It’s Mets ace Jacob deGrom. He has already stated that he plans to opt out after this year is over. And boy, is it unclear whether or not he will return.
The Mets, as you see, have a lot of free agents. deGrom would cost the most annually and maybe even overall. People are beginning to suspect deGrom gets a deal similar to Max Scherzer with only a small number of years and a high AAV. It would make the most sense for a guy with a recent history of getting hurt.
Despite those regular appearances on the IL, there is a market for deGrom. Someone else could go nuts and give him the ridiculously short yet expensive contract the Mets could. One could argue the Mets are a much better team if they spent deGrom’s funds in another way. All of our opinions could sway depending on how the year finishes and if the Mets are able to accomplish anything in the postseason.
deGrom becomes one of baseball’s best and most intriguing free agents this offseason the moment it becomes official. In the National League East, there is no one better. The Mets will have their work cut out for them to get him a deal, build the rest of the roster, and not spend too excessively to the point where they become a money pit.