The Mets have had preliminary extension negotiations with the Ace Jacob DeGrom SNY’s Andy Martino reports, during the spring training. Martino added that the discussion did not go far and is not expected to continue during the regular season.
As the negotiations progress, it now appears that another long-term agreement between deGrom and the Mets does not seem to come in the near future. However, there is not much urgency. The winner of the Cy Young award twice had previously signed an extension agreement in March 2019. This deal can keep deGrom in Queens until 2024, but it provides him with the opportunity to withdraw after the 2022 season. The 32-year-old plans to earn a continuous salary of $36 million per year for the next two years (some of which will be deferred). If deGrom does not withdraw for two years from now, he will earn US$30.5MM in 2023, and the Mets will have to decide the option of the club in 2024, valued at US$32.5MM.
Although it is possible for the Metropolitan Meteorological Office and De Grom to revisit and postpone negotiations next winter, the organization̵
More meaningfully, in the context of the possible expansion of deGrom, New York has already exceeded $100MM in its accounts in 2023. This includes Lindor (34.5MM), deGrom (30.5MM), Robinson Cano ($20.25MM), James McCann ($12.125MM) and Taijuan Walker ($6MM player option), and $3MM buyout Carlos Carrasco $14MM club option. After deGrom opts out of 2022, his salary will be deleted from the ledger, but if the Mets want to keep his position, they will obviously require the Mets to make another major investment.
The Mets will make more urgent decisions in the coming months. Michael Comfort, Noah Syndergaard with Marcus Stroman All are scheduled to be free agents after this season. New York discussed the expansion with Conforto during the spring training. These negotiations may continue into the regular season, but if they want to keep productive outfielders away from the open market, there seems to be a big gap to make up.
Steve Cohen is the richest owner in the game and has pushed the Mets player salary to the nearest limit of the previous owner group. It remains to be seen how far Cohen is willing to go and how team president Sandy Alderson chooses to allocate these resources in order to build a long-term competitor around Lindo.