New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom could opt out of his contract this offseason, and send desperate fans into a spiral of doom.
As is the case with every free agent to be, those in the Twitterverse with nothing better to do have started to make photo edits of Jacob deGrom in their favorite team’s uniform. Sadly, there are no Detroit Tigers edits of deGrom for myself and Motor City fans alike.
But deGrom does have several intriguing possible destinations this winter. One, of course, remains the New York Mets, where he has spent his entire career.
Owner Steve Cohen has the financial means to keep deGrom in Queens at any price. However, would that be wise for the Mets? deGrom has struggled to stay healthy the last few years, and made only 11 starts this season.
Should the Mets keep Jacob deGrom?
The easy answer to this question is yes. New York will not willingly let Jacob deGrom walk. However, he could still sign elsewhere if the Mets take a cheaper route.
How about the Braves?
That sure would sting. The Dodgers and Cardinals remain possibilities for any high-priced free agent. Who doesn’t love sunny California?
Oh, you would hate to see that.
Apologies for the layers of torture in this post, Mets fans.
As for how these teams fit with deGrom — the answer is easy. They’d all love to have him aboard. deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball when healthy, easily.
Atlanta’s pitching staff failed to come through in the postseason when they needed the likes of Max Fried and Charlie Morton most. deGrom would solve that.
The Dodgers have all the money in the world, and may lose Trea Turner this offseason. Why not improve the pitching staff with that flexibility?
The Cardinals need a top of the rotation starter, and Adam Wainwright may retire shortly, following Yadier Molina into the sunset.
In the end, deGrom’s most realistic destination is right where he’s at in Queens. But, all options are on the table.