Mets' Jacob deGrom talks offseason moves, missing out on Trevor Bauer

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The ace is back in Port St. Lucie.

Jacob deGrom met with reporters on Friday afternoon via Zoom for the first time this spring.

DeGrom is the ace of what is a much improved Mets squad in recent memory - and he knows it.

"It's exciting. Looking around at the names in the locker room, it's very exciting," deGrom said. "The amount of depth we have, and the players we added, I'm looking forward to it. Think it's gonna be really fun, and hopefully go out there and win a World Series."

DeGrom said he is a fan of the rotation that will be behind him.

"I think, just, we got a lot of depth. That's always a plus... There's gonna be times when you're banged up, you're out 10 days, you need somebody to step in, and the guys who are stepping in are great. Looking around, we have a really good stuff, and I'm getting excited and am excited to get to know these guys," the 32-year-old said.

That depth is, however, without Trevor Bauer, who the Mets heavily pursued before he ultimately wound up with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

DeGrom said he "didn't keep up" with Bauer's free agency frenzy "too much," but still likes what the Mets current have.

"I don't think there's really ever been a season where you go through a full season with five pitchers. Any depth and a caliber pitcher like that definitely would have been a plus," deGrom said. "But he decided to go to LA, and that was his choice, and that's part of going to free agency. He definitely would have been a help here, but we got who we have and I think we got a pretty good starting rotation."

Despite the Mets' offer to Bauer being what would have been the highest AAV in any contract in baseball history (which he got anyway), deGrom is still okay with signing with the Mets long-term before hitting free agency.

"I signed the deal and really haven't looked back. Just try to go out there and compete and do the best I can, and then play to the best of my ability," he said.

DeGrom also didn't mince his words about wanting to win a third Cy Young Award - something only 10 other pitchers have done.

He was in the conversation last year, which he called an "honor," but ultimately lost to Bauer.

"It's definitely a goal of mine. I think I say it every year, that's the goal for me, is to be the best pitcher I can be, and that's gonna help us win baseball games," said deGrom. "You set individual goals... and my goal is to win another Cy Young."

But the primary goal, deGrom says, is to finally get the ring he deserves.

"Ultimately, the team goal is to win the World Series, and like I said, the pieces we added is gonna be a huge plus... Every year if you were to go around our locker room and ask, that was the goal, or has been the goal," he said.

"That's the goal of every team, Every player, you play this sport, team sport, and that's the ultimate goal and the ultimate prize. I think as far as players, that's always the expectation. We got a taste of it in 2015, and now looking at the pieces we've added, definitely want to get back there and win the whole thing."