Some New York Mets insider think star pitcher Jacob deGrom was honest when he stated he would opt out of his current deal after the 2022 season, according to The Post. DeGrom's current deal guarantees him $30.5 million next year but he could opt out and try to land a new multiyear deal with the Mets, or someone else.
DeGrom, who missed the entire second half of the 2021 season and has yet to play this season because of a shoulder injury, is still considered as one of the best pitchers in the game. However, even without deGrom, the Mets were able to win 14 of their first 20 games of the season.
The comments deGrom made mid-March
“As a player, you build in opt-outs and that is the business side of it, but for me I don’t want this to be any distraction,” deGrom said. “I am excited about this and said it before, love being a Met.
I think it would be really cool to be one for my entire career, but the plan is to exercise my option, and be in constant contact in the offseason with the Mets and Steve Cohen and the front office”. This week, deGrom underwent an MRI and a CT scan to determine how he was progressing from his shoulder injury.
The results were positive as deGrom was given the green light to begin strengthening his shoulder. However, he will need more time before he returns to throwing. "Jacob deGrom underwent an MRI and CT scan which revealed considerable healing of the stress reaction on his scapula.
He has been cleared to begin loading and strengthening of the shoulder. He will be re-imaged in approximately three weeks," the Mets said in a statement. The Mets playing well without deGrom is definitely something positive. However, the team is certainly hoping to play even better once deGrom returns.