Jacob deGrom talks potential opt-out, says it would be 'really cool' to be Met for life

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Jacob deGrom talks during Zoom on Feb. 18 2021 at spring training
Jacob deGrom talks during Zoom on Feb. 18 2021 at spring training

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is entering the third season of a five-year, $137.5 million extension he signed before the 2019 season. But with a player opt-out looming at the end of the 2022 season, his long-term future in Queens is uncertain.

Speaking Friday during his first news conference since arriving at spring training, deGrom discussed the potential of opting out and whether he wanted to be a Met for his entire career.

"I've definitely enjoyed my time here and signed long-term here. Haven't really thought too much about the opt-out," deGrom told reporters via Zoom. "The goal is to go out there and perform and then when that time comes, make that decision."

With other contracts that have been given to pitchers since deGrom signed his extension, his deal in terms of overall dollars and average annual value is a bargain for the Mets.

DeGrom has a base salary of $33.5 million in 2021 and 2022, though there are significant deferrals.

If deGrom does not opt out after 2022, he will earn $30.5 million in 2023. The Mets hold a club option for 2024 at $32.5 million.

Whether the Mets attempt to renegotiate a longer-term deal with deGrom between now and the end of 2022 remains to be seen, but deGrom said on Friday that it would be "really, really cool" to be a lifelong Met.

"One thing I do think is really, really cool is whenever somebody spends their entire career with one team," deGrom said. "You don't see it happen a whole lot anymore. So it's definitely something that I've thought about, and I guess we'll just have to see when that time comes."

David Wright spent his entire career in Flushing. And seeing that up close had an impact on deGrom.

"That definitely had an impact on me. Seeing how well he was treated by Mets fans and being a Met for life and what that was," deGrom explained. "It was definitely cool and special, being there for the last time he took the field, that was really cool. That definitely weighs on your mind, but that's a decision that'll be made when the time comes."