ESPN: Jacob deGrom wants the New York Mets to consider trading him if they aren’t interested in signing the ace pitcher to a long-term contract.
DeGrom’s agent, Brodie van Wagenen, said in a statement to The Athletic that the All-Star is interested in “exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come.”
“If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now,” Van Wagenen said in the statement, which was published Monday. “The inertia of [the] current situation could complicate Jacob’s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision.” …
DeGrom told said he and van Wagenen have told the Mets “multiple times that we’re open to extension talks” but also said “there’s been no numbers discussed.” …
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For the most part I’m pretty unfazed by this development. deGrom has done everything and more for the Mets through thick and thin, and now the ball is the in the Mets court. Very fair if you ask me. Jake’s earned it. He’s earned the right to a massive paycheck. And he’s earned the right to ask to play for a contender if he’s not gonna get paid. I think I’m on record saying this but just in case I haven’t put it out there publicly, I’ll do so now: I do not want to trade Jacob deGrom. Furthermore, I don’t think the Mets need to.
By no means is the deGrom camp demanding a trade. But they’re well aware that Jacob deGrom stock is at an all-time high. The Mets control Jake through 2020, and it’s not uncommon to extend contracts in their final few years. As someone who wants the Mets to keep deGrom, I have to admit this is slightly unsettling in the sense that if they’re not willing to pony up (now), then they may look for trade suitors (now). He should earn a boatload of players if traded (see: Jacob deGrom stock), but I’m not interested unless it’s overwhelming. He’s the ace of the staff and virtually the only reliable man in the entire organization. PAY THE MAN. (They won’t.)