The Mets got their megadeal with Jacob deGrom done just a few days before deGrom's self-imposed deadline. And on Wednesday, deGrom, GM Brodie Van Wagenen, and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed how it all came toether.
"There was dialogue all the way through spring training," deGrom said, adding that the two sides were in constant contact even though they "didn't give a play-by-play. ... I'm just super-excited to be here long-term."
DeGrom, who had been clear since last summer that he wanted to be a Met long-term, said the deal was about "two sides wanting to get together and build a winning environment."
"The fans have been great for me," deGrom added. "I look forward to being here a long time -- hopefully a lifelong Met."
Van Wagenen, who said Wilpon was "as motivated as anyone" to get deGrom locked up long-term said "When two sides want the same thing, the challenge is on us from a deal-making standpoint to make that a reality."
About the almost day-long meeting on Sunday where the deal got done, Van Wagenen cited new special advisor David Wright as a secret weapon, and said that there were probably "eight to 10 different breaks" throughout the course of the day by either side.
The GM even said he had to go on a 7-Eleven run during the meeting since the two sides hadn't eaten in six or seven hours. Among the haul he brought back for deGrom and others? Taquitos.
It can be argued that the person with the most at stake here was Van Wagenen, and when asked if he had something personal on the line during negotiations, he didn't back down.
"We haven't been shy about our agenda," Van Wagenen said. "We haven't been shy about who we want to be and how we want to get to that place. There's risks with saying what you want out loud. ... We have a team that can and should win. ... If you believe in something, why be afraid to say it?"