Arguably the best pitcher in the game right now, Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom is coming off one of the best seasons for a pitcher in recent years. With other big name pitchers in the league signing extensions in recent days, many, including deGrom, are wondering why he isn’t getting his.
Last season deGrom was a near-unanimous Cy Young winner (losing one first-place vote to Max Scherzer). He posted a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts across 32 starts. Over the course of his career deGrom has a 2.67 ERA with 1000 strikeouts in 139 starts.
deGrom has stated his desire to agree to a long-term extension before Opening Day. The entire offseason he has said that he will not have contract talks during the season and that he is optimistic that a deal will be made before Opening Day, which is Thursday. Over the past couple of days, deGrom’s optimism has been dwindling.
Teammate Noah Syndergaard recently came out and expressed his anger in the whole situation.
“Jake’s the best pitcher in baseball right now. I think he deserves whatever amount he’s worth. I want to keep him happy, so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets. I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already,” Syndergaard told reporters Sunday.
Syndergaard said that he is surprised a deal hasn’t yet been struck between deGrom and the team.
“If there wasn’t a trend of other guys getting contract extensions, I don’t know what the circumstance would be. But you can see Chris Sale, Verlander, those guys getting extensions. I think it’s time Jacob gets one, too.”
“I think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already,” Syndergaard said.
deGrom is growing less optimistic that a deal will get done in time before the 2019 season begins. “You see guys signing. I see them too. I guess we wait,” said deGrom.
The 30-year-old pitcher is under team control through 2020, so if a deal is not made before the start of the season, negotiations can pick up next winter. deGrom is owed $17 million this season.
Justin Verlander just recently signed a two-year extension with the Houston Astros worth an additional $66 million. Last week Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale got his own extension, five-year $145 million.
The Yankees and pitcher Luis Severino agreed to a four-year $40 million extension last month. Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola got a four-year extension of his own last month that totals $45 million.
Tampa Bay Rays signed the other Cy Young winner last season, Blake Snell, to a five-year $50 million extension this past week.
“I don’t know where it’s going to end up,” said deGrom. “I’ve really not been trying to think about it. Yeah, I said I wanted to get something done, but it’s getting close to Opening Day and I think my focus is on that right now.”
In his last spring outing of the year, deGrom pitcher three perfect innings on Saturday against the Braves.