New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom reveals his thought on the five boroughs when discussing his future via a possible extension.
The probable 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner reaffirmed his love for playing in New York as possible extension talks will now transition to his new GM (former agent), Brodie Van Wagenen, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
“I really do enjoy playing in New York,” he told DiComo. “The fans have treated me great. I enjoy taking the mound at Citi Field in front of them, and it’s rare that a guy spends his career with one team. If that was something that they wanted to do, and me and [my wife] Stacey felt like it was the right move for us, then we’d be willing to definitely explore that.”
deGrom, 30, is coming off the best season of his five-year MLB career.
Finishing with a 10-9 record, deGrom pitched to a filthy 1.70 ERA and 0.912 WHIP. He also struck out a career-high 269 batters in 217 innings.
“I think anybody is open to an extension if it’s right for you and your family. Nothing is guaranteed in this game until you sign that deal or hit free agency and sign a deal there. You just have to sit down and, at the end of the day, look at what’s right for you and your family and kind of make a decision based upon that.”
Due to the fact he wasn’t called up until his aged 26 season, free agency won’t come until age 32. deGrom will still be arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons until he finally hits the open market. He, along with (possibly the Mets) and most of the fanbase, hope an extension comes soon making free agency a moot point.
Jacob deGrom enters 2018 as the ace of the staff with a strong No. 2 in Noah Syndergaard on his heels.