Source: DeGrom won’t negotiate after opener
Jacob deGrom‘s representatives have set Opening Day as their deadline to complete a contract extension with the New York Mets, informing the club that the ace pitcher will not negotiate during the season, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
The deadline was first reported Tuesday by the New York Post. The Mets’ regular-season opener is on March 28 against the Nationals, meaning they have just over six weeks to reach an agreement with the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
DeGrom’s agency, CAA, told the Mets that the sides could possibly resume contract talks next offseason, according to ESPN and reports. DeGrom is eligible for arbitration one more time after next season and is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2020 season. The Mets and deGrom avoided arbitration last month by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $17 million, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary.
CAA agent Jeff Berry, who represents deGrom, released a lengthy memo to all players in late December, calling for union solidarity in adopting a wide range of measures in response to a second straight offseason marked by a slow free-agent market.
Among his many recommendations, Berry suggested that players should potentially limit their individual workloads to maintain maximum value ahead of free agency. The Post reports that deGrom could self-impose restrictions on his workload if he doesn’t get a new deal from the Mets.
DeGrom, 30, is a former client of first-year Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. The All-Star led the majors with a 1.70 ERA this past season, going 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings.