5 best Mets contracts of the last 10 years
1) NY Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom - 5 years/$137.5 million dollars
Jacob deGrom could've left New York earlier if he really didn't like it. At least in March of 2019 he was loving being a Met as he inked a five-year $137.5 million dollar extension to stay in New York until the 2024 season. The deal included an opt-out after the 2022 season which we all know, of course, he excercized and ended up in Texas.
Instead of harping on that, let's look into how great of a deal this ended up being for New York. Three years at $27.5 million dollars each might look crazy expensive, and it was, but deGrom was worth every penny and then some.
The first season after signing the extension he won his second straight Cy Young Award after posting a 2.43 ERA in 32 starts and 204 innings pitched. He had a 2.67 FIP and led the league with 255 strikeouts.
deGrom then followed that season with an even better 2020 campaign as he posted a 2.38 ERA in 12 starts and 68 innings pitched. He led the league with 104 strikeouts and an absurd 13.8 K/9. He only finished third in Cy Young balloting but it was clear he was the best pitcher in the game.
deGrom was on pace to maybe have the best regular season ever for a pitcher as he had a microscopic 1.04 ERA while striking out 14.3 batters per nine, but injuries ended his season prematurely after the first half. Injuries were the theme once again this past season, but deGrom was still electric when healthy.
Even with the injuries ruining his final two seasons as a Met, deGrom was so absurdly good, it's only fair to say this is the best contract the Mets have given out in the last de