Mets’ Buck Showalter says Jacob deGrom ‘got an offer he couldn’t refuse’ with Rangers

Oct 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in the sixth inning during game two of the Wild Card series against the San Diego Padres for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in the sixth inning during game two of the Wild Card series against the San Diego Padres for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of speculation still surrounds the circumstances of Jacob deGrom leaving the Mets in free agency to sign with the Texas Rangers.

Did he want to be in New York? Did he chase the money?

All these questions that will likely remain unanswered, but Mets manager Buck Showalter thought the world of deGrom in his one and only season coaching him. With Showalter and the organization currently at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the reigning NL Manager of the Year tried to set the record straight on what happened.

“There was no agenda or he was clearly done or this and that,” Showalter said on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Tuesday night. “Jake got an offer he couldn’t refuse for him and his family and we wish him well.”

DeGrom signed with the Rangers on a five-year deal worth $185 million, a figure that the Mets did not even get a chance to match or counter.

The Mets drafted deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 draft, but after nine seasons, two Cy Young Awards and being arguably the best pitcher in baseball for the better part of five seasons, the 34-year-old took his talents to Arlington.

But there are no hard feelings from Showalter.

“He’ll have a fan in me. Not only was he a teammate he was a friend. Someone you’ve come to know and respect especially with what he can do. But the business part of the game takes over sometimes and you have to understand, you have to be able to pivot. No one feels sorry for you.”

The Mets certainly did just that, signing reigning AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86 million contract with a third-year option.

With more holes to fill, including adding another middle-of-the-rotation starter and hopefully re-signing Brandon Nimmo, the deGrom decision has pushed the Mets offseason into high gear.