Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reiterated on Thursday at the GM Meetings his desire to try to keep Jacob deGrom long-term.
"I've remained steadfast there that I think he's tremendous and would love to try to keep him if it's possible," Van Wagenen said. "We'll explore that in the coming weeks."
Van Wagenen noted that while the team remains open to a long-term deal with deGrom -- who is under team control through the 2020 season -- official talks have not started.
"Outside of just an expression of interest, which has been consistent. ... we have not gone down to the point where we'd be exchanging proposals," Van Wagenen said.
Van Wagenen said earlier this week that the Mets had not ruled anything out -- including a potential trade of deGrom or Noah Syndergaard -- but did so while speaking in a general sense. He later clarified his comments.
"I think Jacob and Noah have been and will continue to be really important pieces in this organization," Van Wagenen said Wednesday. "... I think my comments were to the same point that I would characterize all of our roster right now. We're going to continue to look for ways to improve the club. I love our starting pitching, I love our rotation right now."
DeGrom, 30, will almost certainly win his first Cy Young award when the voting results are announced on Nov. 14.
He is entering his second-to-last season of arbitration, where he is expected to earn $12.9 million, up from the $7.4 million he made this past season.