How many fresh $100 million deals would the New York Mets be willing to hand out? If they want to retain all of their players, they might need to be willing to give at least three of them.
The Mets have a lot of free agents this winter with some of them being a little older than the average. This won’t help them much in terms of keeping payroll down—something Steve Cohen doesn’t seem to be fearful of anyway.
It’s these three Mets free agents who should look to make bank and crack open a potential $100 million deal in the offseason.
1) NY Mets ace Jacob deGrom should get a short-term deal worth over $100 million
Nobody on the Mets roster makes more sense to get a $100 million deal this offseason more than Jacob deGrom. The Mets ace for several years now already agreed to one nine-figure deal in the past but with an opt-out he is expected to use at the end of the year, another could be headed his way.
deGrom’s free agency is something people will be watching closely this winter. He’s older than most free agents but also a lot better. He’ll look to get something closer to the deal Max Scherzer signed with the Mets this past offseason. A short-term reward with a high annual average is something that deGrom could easily get as long as he proves he can stay healthy for the rest of 2022.
It’s not hard for deGrom to get to $100 million on anything more than a two-year contract. Three years alone and an AAV over $35+ million get him there with some room to spare.
Imaging deGrom with any other team might be tough for fans at the moment. Nobody should be more motivated to sign him than Steve Cohen. We’ll have to see if any other serious contenders emerge.