Jacob deGrom and Mets have officially agreed a five-year contract extension when the team announced the agreement on Tuesday.
"This is a great day for Jacob, his family, our fans and the entire Mets organization," COS Jeff Wilpon said in an official statement. "Last year, Jacob had one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history and we are happy to reward him. Mets fans can celebrate knowing that their aces will stay in Flushing."
– New York Mets (@Mets) March 26, 2019
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who used to represent deGrom with CAA, has been at the forefront of getting the deal done to Mets & # 39; ess. With many other players around the league receiving extensions, the issues continued to pour on DeGrom and Van Wagenen regarding their conversations.
On Tuesday, Van Wagenen noted in Syracuse that the other extensions did not force this deal to be completed. There was always the idea that this agreement was made before the start of the 2019 season. The goal was reached and Van Wagenen could not be happier that both sides are satisfied with the result.
"Jacob has proven that he is one of the best bullets in baseball, and we are delighted that he is part of this organization's short-term and long-term future," Van Wagenen says. "I would like to thank Jacob and his agents as well as Jeff and the entire property group for coming together to make it happen. We look forward to seeing him in blue and orange for many years to come."
The deal will be worth $ 137.5 million, runs from 2019 to 2023, and includes an opt-out after the 2022 season. The contract also includes a club opportunity for the 2024 season, and a full-no-trade clause, reports Jeff Passan from ESPN .
The 30-year-old deGrom was set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. The new agreement buys deGrom's final arbitration year and adds three extra years without the counting year's election.
Distribution of per. New York Posts Joel Sherman are as follows: $ 10 million signing bonus
$ 7 million in 2019
$ 23 million in 2020
$ 33.5 million in 2021 and 2022
$ 30.5 million in 2023
$ 32,500,000 club option 2024
DeGrom and Mets had been involved in contract negotiations over the past few weeks, reaching an agreement two days before his self-imposed opening day deadline.
Other starring like the Red Sox ace Chris Sale (five years, $ 150 million) and Astros & # 39; Justin Verlander (two years, $ 66 million) also signed for recent contract extensions. Now deGrom, who won Cy Young last season after submitting an MLB best 1.70 ERA, joins them.
DeGrom's former agent, Brodie Van Wagenen became Mets & # 39; GM in the offseason and repeatedly stated that his and the team's desire was to unlock theGrom long-term. When Van Wagenen took Mets job, deGrom worked with a new CAA representative, Jeff Berry .
DeGrom said he would let Berry "do his thing" so he could focus on getting ready for the 2019 season. DeGrom and Mets agreed to a one-year $ 17 million offer in January to avoid arbitration, but he was seeking a long-term deal and said he would be part of the future with Mets and he wished to feel mutual .
From mid-February, Mets had not extended an official offer to deGrom. And while DeGrom was hoping, he and Mets could reach the expansion on the opening day, and this optimism began to fall as the regular season approached.
Even teammate Noah Syndergaard became unhappy on behalf of deGrom and said deGrom "deserves the amount he is worth."
"I want to keep him happy, so when it comes time for him to come to the free office, he stays on our side who pitches for Mets. I just think they should stop all this bustle and pay the man already. "
And now, deGrom has been paid.