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Free Agency Rumors Link Jacob deGrom to AL West Team

Tyler Maher
Free agent pitcher Jacob deGrom has been linked to an AL West team.
Free agent pitcher Jacob deGrom has been linked to an AL West team. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Not surprisingly, Jacob deGrom is a hot commodity on the free agent market after officially opting out of his contract on Monday. With free agency opening up on Thursday, he's already been linked to a surprising team in the AL West.

According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, the Texas Rangers have reached out to deGrom as well as other top free agents, including Carlos Rodon and Kodai Senga.

The Rangers are in the market for pitching help after finishing fourth in their division last year at 68-94. The team is pivoting to add arms this winer following an offseason where they acquired big bats like Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

Given that Texas had the fourth-worst ERA (4.22) in the American League last year, deGrom would be a huge upgrade to the Rangers' rotation. He'd also form a nice 1-2 punch with lefty Martin Perez, assuming Texas brings him back.

Already a two-time NL Cy Young winner, deGrom has a career 2.52 ERA after nine seasons with the New York Mets. Injuries have limited him to just 26 starts over the past two seasons combined, but he's still one of the best pitchers in baseball when healthy.

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