Less hair, more heat! ? pic.twitter.com/jYeTUKl4PT
— New York Mets (@Mets) February 9, 2018
A short-haired Jacob deGrom had lots to say before he heads down to Florida for Spring Training with the New York Mets.
Say goodbye to New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s flowing locks—his trademark long hair has been chopped.
“I actually saw a picture [with the long hair] today,” deGrom told Mike Puma of the New York Post. “I was like, ‘How did I even have that long hair?’ Honestly I don’t really know why I cut it, I was just kind of tired of it.”
Will deGrom keep his hair short?
“Right now I am,” he said. “Let’s see how the spring goes.”
While he avoided arbitration, coming to an agreement with the team on a one-year, $7.4 million deal for 2018, deGrom wants a long-term deal.
“As of right now, it looks like it’s going to be a year-to-year thing,” he told Puma. “I have got this year and two more, so I am still going to be here a while. If they want to extend past that, I guess we’ll see where it goes.”
Last year, deGrom went 15-10 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.19 WHIP while setting career-highs in wins (15), innings pitched (201.1) and strikeouts (239). But he’s not satisfied and has set some lofty goals for 2018.
“To win the Cy Young [Award],’’ deGrom told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “I’m definitely excited. We want to win the World Series. That’s everybody’s goal here. Those [new] guys are definitely going to help, looking forward to having them.
Last year we had so many injuries. We’ve got [Yoenis] Cespedes. [Michael] Conforto will be healthy. [Matt] Harvey, Noah, Steve [Matz], [Zack] Wheeler. Look at everybody who was hurt last year. You put all those guys back on the field and that makes a big difference.’’
DeGrom looks great with short hair but, if he or the team starts struggling, he might want to think about growing it long again.