The New York Yankees have a fairly solid team, but there’s room for improvement. Jacob deGrom could make the team better.
The New York Yankees have a fairly solid team, but there’s always room for improvement. New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom could undoubtedly make the team better, but according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees aren’t going to go after deGrom.
During the regular season, the Yankees had one of the best rotations in the league. They had the third-best ERA (3.30), opponent batting average (.219) and WHIP (1.12). deGrom has performed far better than that season with an ERA of 3.08, batting average against of .175 and WHIP of 0.75.
A fellow New York player that could improve the team would be a solid move for the Yankees, but it’s unfortunately not likely to happen.
deGrom has the chance to opt out of his contract, and he’s stated his intent to.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom may opt out of his contract, but he likely won’t go to the Yankees
The 34-year-old ace has stated intent to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. He likely won’t have any issues finding a new home, and there will probably be many big offers coming his way.
According to Heyman, “The Rangers are one team expected to make a play for deGrom, who will opt out of his current deal that guarantees only $30.5 million for 2023 (plus a club option for $32.5 million for 2024), as he has said multiple times.”
The Mets, of course, want to keep deGrom around as one of their key players. The team is going to face a lot of issues in the 2023 season if deGrom, Edwin Diaz and Brandon Nimmo all leave as is currently expected.
There’s no surprise he wants to opt out. The Mets had a tough ending to the season. They were knocked out of the first place NL East spot in the last week, and they went on to lose the Wild Card series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
deGrom is a playoff-level player. Wherever he goes, hopefully he finds deserved success in a new team.