Jacob of Grom should renounce its contract with the Dishes and becoming a free agent this offseason, making him one of the most intriguing stories of the offseason. And, while there have been rumors of deGrom’s desire to leave New York, his former teammate has hinted that it may be over the top.
Zack Wheelerwho spent six years with deGrom in New York, said the star pitcher told him how much he loved playing for the Mets.
“He told me he was happy there,” Wheeler said, via Mike Puma of the New York Post. “I just think he wants to be compensated for what he did.”
DeGrom signed a five-year, $137 million extension ahead of the 2019 season, but the deal included a player option for 2023 and a club option for 2024. All signs point to the 34-year-old declining his player option this year to become a free player. agent.
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Wheeler, who left New York for a five-year, $118 million deal with Philadelphia in 2019, admitted he thought deGrom was underpaid on his current deal.
“I don’t think it was the right compensation at the time,” he said. “I can’t speak for him, it’s a lot of money and it’s life-changing money and I think anyone would have taken that at the time. But at the same time, the people saw what he did and maybe you can fix him along the way, and this is his chance to fix him.
Wheeler and fellow former Mets pitcher-turned-Phillies pitcher Noah Syndergaard agree Steve Cohen will likely be willing to spend whatever it takes to keep deGrom in New York.
“With Steve Cohen, anything is possible, especially when you have a pitcher like deGrom – he has the potential and the things to be the best pitcher to ever step on this earth,” Syndergaard said. “I just hope he stays healthy.”
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