Brodie Van Wagenen’s suggestion last summer that the Mets need to pay their star pitcher or trade him could be put to the test by the end of next week.
A long-term contract for Jacob deGrom remains a priority for the Mets, according to an industry source, but the club is yet to extend an offer to the National League Cy Young award winner on either a multi-year or one-year deal as the Jan. 11 date for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange figures approaches.
Van Wagenen was deGrom’s agent until October, when he vacated his position as co-head of CAA’s baseball division to become Mets general manager. At last year’s All-Star Game, Van Wagenen was vocal about the need for the Mets to secure deGrom long-term or trade him, a perhaps understandable sentiment given the right-hander’s rise to elite status. DeGrom last season posted a major-league-best 1.70 ERA and became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to win the Cy Young award.
DeGrom, 30, is under club control for the next two seasons, but it behooves him to push for a long-term agreement at his peak. The Mets gambled last offseason by not engaging in serious contract dialogue with the pitcher and now stand to pay significantly more for a long-term agreement.