Insider Reveals What's Standing in the Way of Braves-Jacob deGrom Signing

Adam Taylor McKillop
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal revealed what's standing in the way of an Atlanta Braves - Jacob deGrom signing.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal revealed what's standing in the way of an Atlanta Braves - Jacob deGrom signing. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The MLB hot stove simmered down during Thanksgiving week, but things are expected to pick back up with the league's annual Winter Meetings scheduled for Dec. 5. The Winter Meetings typically result in a bevy of offseason moves from free agent signings to blockbuster trades.

Special attention is always paid to the league's top free agents during this portion of the offseason. One of the top names is New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom. And ahead of the Winter Meetings, insider Ken Rosenthal took a look at deGrom's current market and explained why the Atlanta Braves have a major hurdle in signing the two-time Cy Young award winner.

New York is still considered the favorite to bring back deGrom, but his services are a hot commodity this offseason. Rosenthal believes the Braves could be in the running, although the price tag is their main limited factor.

"The Braves, for example, are only about $5 million shy of the initial $233 million luxury-tax threshold. Maybe they would approach the second, $253 million level to re-sign free-agent shortstop Dansby Swanson. But would they flirt with the third, $273 million threshold for deGrom?," said Rosenthal.

Swanson is Atlanta's clear priority this offseason but Rosenthal wonders if the team is willing to take another massive leap in the salary cap to acquire deGrom. Recent reports suggest deGrom will earn an average annual value (AAV) in excess of $40 million. That figure would obviously bump them into this "third, $273 million threshold." Will Atlanta be willing to make that jump for the services of one pitcher?

Only time will tell.

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