The Mets are expected to explore a multi-year extension with RHP Jacob deGrom this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
The 29-year-old deGrom is under team control through the 2020 season, after which he is eligible for free agency.
DeGrom, who made $4.05 million this season, is eligible for arbitration a second time this offseason, and is again eligible for arbitration after the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
He has posted a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings this season.
DeGrom has a 2.98 ERA (3.07 FIP) and 1.12 WHIP with 731 strikeouts in four seasons with the Mets.
He has been largely healthy during his Mets tenure, with his only major health issue being surgery last September to move the ulnar nerve in his pitching elbow.
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The point of a multi-year extension with deGrom would be to buy out some of his arbitration years while getting him to agree to a deal that extends in to his free agent years.
The advantage for deGrom would be getting long-term financial certainty three years before he would otherwise hit free agency, and the advantage for the Mets would be extending deGrom in to those free agent years at a rate that should be far lower than what deGrom would get if/when he hits the open market.
DeGrom will be 32 years old when he's scheduled to hit free agency, and has been tremendous and durable for the Mets as they have seen all of their other heralded starting pitchers miss large chunks of time.
After the 2015 season, deGrom might have been the third most logical choice for an extension like this -- behind Matt Harvey, who is eligible for free agency after next season, and Noah Syndergaard, who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season, but is roughly four years younger than deGrom.
However, with the way Harvey's career has gone since 2016 and with Syndergaard missing almost all of this season due to a lat injury, locking up deGrom now makes tons of sense.