It's been a disappointing autumn for New York Mets fans, from the team's sudden collapse in the NL East to an early postseason exit in the National League Wild Card Round at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
The team received some more bad news on Monday as two-time NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom made an official decision regarding the opt-out clause in his contract.
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As expected, deGrom announced that he'll be opting out of the final guaranteed year of his contract and reaching free agency a season early. Given deGrom's age (34) and recent injury history, he'd rather test the market now rather than wait until next winter, when his value could be lower.
deGrom has spent his entire nine-year career with the Mets, establishing himself as one of the top pitchers in the game over the last decade. In addition to winning two Cy Young awards, he's also earned four All-Star selections while compiling a sparkling 2.52 ERA in 209 career starts.
Injuries have limited deGrom to just 26 starts over the past two seasons combined, however, raising concerns about his durability as he enters his mid-30s. While he's remained extremely effective during that time, he's apparently looking to cash in on what could be his last chance at a massive payday.
Reports from deGrom's teammates suggest he'd prefer to stay with New York and is simply seeking a longer-term contract. The Mets certainly have the ability to afford him after running the highest payroll in baseball last season under billionaire owner Steve Cohen.
Regardless of where deGrom ends up, he's sure to be paid handsomely given his status as one of the top arms in the sport.