Mets Mailbag: Jacob deGrom a Met for life?

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Andy Martino
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Jacob deGrom home whites looking into the distance perplexed
Jacob deGrom home whites looking into the distance perplexed

SNY's Andy Martino will be responding to and breaking down answers to questions from readers. Here's the latest...

Do you think Jacob deGrom will want to be traded to a team that wins games for him? If he's thinking about a HOF run, then I'm afraid he'll leave so he has a better win record. — @zeldabuddymrpig

I don’t think run support will be an issue for much longer, because the Mets are a well-resourced team — and good, too. I bet they win the NL East this year.

But to take it a level deeper on this question, it’s clear that deGrom’s future is up in the air more than we thought. When he signed the five-year, $137.5 million extension in 2019, it seemed to lock him in as a Met for life.

Since then, Gerrit Cole signed with the Yankees for $324 million, and deGrom fired his former agents.

His opt-out after 2022 now looms large. He’s only assured to be a Met through next year. After that, why wouldn’t he seek the payday that he has earned?

Where will deGrom pitch in his late 30s? Steve Cohen can afford to keep him. The Mets even broached an extension this spring, as SNY reported. Those talks didn’t progress, but this is a storyline to watch.