The New York Mets and Jacob deGrom are reportedly keeping a contract extension among their top priorities this offseason.
Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young campaign was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dark 2018 season for the New York Mets. As a result, the Mets want to lock up deGrom long-term and apparently, the feeling is mutual.
According to SNY’s Andy Martino, a contract extension is a priority for the two sides despite the fact that the sides have only met once this offseason. Mets fans might be getting antsy since there’s been little news on a possible extension.
But according to Martino, this shouldn’t be a huge concern. The most likely time the sides will agree to an extension won’t come until late January. Martino writes:
“These are the key dates (Jan. 28 – Feb. 15) to watch for a deGrom extension. According to major league sources, this is the window when arbitration hearings will take place this year. This means the Mets and deGrom will have 17 days between the Jan. 11 deadline and the first day of hearings to work out an extension. If the will is truly there, this is more than enough time for contract talks.”
There is a possibility that the Mets botch deGrom’s extension. After all, this is the Mets. But now isn’t the time to panic about deGrom’s looming arbitration.
Of course, with the interesting relationship between Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and deGrom. Van Wagenen used to be the Cy Young pitcher’s agent and he’s going to recuse himself to avoid a conflict of interest. It’s an odd situation that could backfire.
Although deGrom’s future with the Mets still appears uncertain, we should have more clarity on the situation in a couple months.