Jacob deGrom's Opening Day deadline to secure a long-term contract extension is approaching, but the Mets ace did not sound very confident a deal could get done by then.
After expressing optimism on a new contract just 11 days ago, deGrom changed his tune on Saturday following his final Spring Training start when he was asked if he was still optimistic.
"Probably not as," he said. "Still have to see."
The Mets and deGrom avoided arbitration during the offseason when they agreed to a $17 million deal for 2019 but deGrom's camp set a deadline of Opening Day at the start of Spring Training for an extension.
Since then, several marquee pitchers - such as Chris Sale and Justin Verlander - have reached extensions with their respective teams but the 30-year-old reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has not.
"Honestly, I've really not been trying to think about it," he said. "Yeah, I said I wanted to get something done, it's getting close to Opening Day and I think my focus is on that right now."
DeGrom did confirm that there was still an ongoing dialogue between the two sides, but added, "I just don't know where it's going to end up."