Before agreeing to a one-year, $7.4 million deal to avoid arbitration for 2018, Jacob deGrom and the Mets opened talks about an extension. DeGrom says he's open to a contract extension as he enjoys playing for the Mets.
MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported that MLB executives told him that the Mets should offer deGrom a four-year deal in the range of $50-60 million, with two option years each worth $16-17 million.
"We're taking it as it comes," deGrom said, via Kristie Ackert of NY Daily News. "I enjoy playing here so if they talk and we can agree on something that we feel is fair then I'd be open to doing that. As of right now, it looks like it's going to be a year to year thing. I got this year and two more. I am still going to be here a little while. If they want to extend past that, then we'll see where it goes."
The 29-year-old deGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017. He'll be under arbitration for the next two seasons before becoming a free agent.
"I enjoy playing here. I would definitely be open to talking to them about an extension," deGrom said.
Irrespective of any long-term deal, deGrom is signed for 2018. And in 2018, deGrom will have a new manager: Mickey Callaway. The pitcher says he's impressed with his new manager.
"Very impressed," deGrom said. "Had several phone calls with them. Enjoyed talking to them. Think it's going to be a good change. Think those guys are going to help us. Out a lot and get everybody pulling in the same direction."
The Mets are just under a month away from their first spring training game, against the Braves on February 23.