Mets RHP Jacob deGrom isn't focused on the possibility of a long-term contract. He's busy preparing to defend his Cy Young crown.
"That stuff, I've covered early on. I think right now, the main thing is getting focused on the season," deGrom said after allowing one run and two hits in his spring training debut on Sunday. "Any of those questions, [GM] Brodie [Van Wagenen]'s around, I think that's probably the best way to go about that."
DeGrom, who will earn $17 million this season and can become a free agent after the 2020 season, has said he wants to be a Met in the future but thinks the ball is in their court when figuring out how to go about negotiating a contract.
"I would like to be part of this team's future," deGrom said earlier this month. "Would like the feeling to be mutual, but that's just something we are gonna have to see."
The 30-year-old deGrom self-imposed a March 28 deadline to negotiate a contract with the organization and Van Wagenen, who used to represent deGrom before becoming Mets GM this offseason.
Though deGrom said he has "no hard feelings" with Van Wagenen and understood what becoming Mets GM would do to their relationship, he said there haven't been any issues so far.
"Honestly, I don't feel like it's made that big of a difference," deGrom said. "I try to block out things that don't really help me get ready for the season. I think if I'm focused on that kind of thing then it's taking my focus on getting ready to pitch this year, and that's my main focus."
While deGrom who went 10-9 with a league-leading 1.70 ERA last season, wants to figure out his long-term contract plans, that is secondary to preparing for the 2019 season.
DeGrom only pitched one inning in his Grapefruit League debut, saying he wanted to focus on establishing his fastball and work on his command on both sides of the plate. His first pitch of the spring was a 97 mph fastball, however deGrom allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp and an RBI single to Tyler White.
"I got some work to do," deGrom said with a laugh when he was told his spring training ERA was 9.00. "I felt like I made a couple good pitches that they hit ... the main thing was going out there and feeling good."
Though just a February spring training game, deGrom said he felt some butterflies when he stepped back on the mound.
"I was nervous today going out there today for the first time," deGrom said. "I think everybody's like that. ... For me, I want to be able to repeat what I did last year, and that's going to be tough to do. But I think the way I'm looking at it, it's a new year, just prepare like you did last year and go out there and compete for this team. That's kind of my mindset: Go out there, give 100 percent and control what I can control."
Sunday's outing was the first time he threw to Wilson Ramos as a battery partner. Ramos, 31, signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Mets this past offseason, and said he liked his rapport with deGrom.
"It's the first time but I feel really comfortable behind the plate right now," Ramos said. "I'm able to help him and able to learn more about him."
Last year, deGrom threw to four catchers: Devin Mesoraco, Kevin Plawecki, Jose Lobaton and Travis d'Arnaud. Manager Mickey Callaway said he thought the two of them worked well together and would continue to pair deGrom with other catchers on the roster leading up to Opening Day.
"I think Jacob really liked what he saw out of Wilson, so we were going to match those guys up," Callaway said. "There will be a plan there for him and some of the other catchers, but he definitely needs to get familiar with these guys."
What deGrom wants to look for heading into the season is consistency.
"I said before, trying to eliminate those starts that I let get out of hand and looking at a way to do that," he said. "A little bit easier said than done. You are out there giving 100 percent, and when things don't go your way, you do get frustrated. But trying to keep the focus on the pitch that I was about to throw, not the pitch that I'd just thrown that was just a homer or whatever happened."
Sunday's game was the first step toward that.