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Mets GM Reveals Update on Jacob deGrom Free Agency Negotiations

Adam Taylor McKillop
New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler revealed an update on Jacob deGrom's free agency negotiations.
New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler revealed an update on Jacob deGrom's free agency negotiations. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The New York Mets are quickly turning the page on their 2022 campaign and figuring out ways to best improve the club heading forward. The pending free agency of Jacob deGrom is arguably the biggest offseason storyline for this front office, and it's something the organization was quick to address.

General manager Billy Eppler revealed an update on the current status of deGrom's free agency negotiations to reporters on Friday.

Jacob deGrom Free Agency

GM Billy Eppler revealed he's already had a one-on-one conversation with the two-time Cy Young winner. Eppler didn't want to elaborate, but confirmed "things are positive."

deGrom technically isn't a free agent yet. He signed a five-year extension with the club before the 2019 season, but one that included an opt out clause after 2022. All reports suggest deGrom will exercise this opt out clause, a move that could drastically increase his market value.

The Mets currently pay deGrom a base salary of around $30 million per year, but Spotrac's market value suggests the All-Star is worth an average annual salary of $41.8 million.

Cohen is not afraid to spend big, but the Mets are poised with some tough decisions this offseason considering the active roster features 13 upcoming free agents.

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