The Rangers pulled off a stunner ahead of next week’s Winter Meetings, signing ace right-hander Jacob deGrom to a five-year contract.
Jacob deGrom : Contract | New Deal | Mets | Rangers
Jacob Anthony deGrom is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
|Born: June 19, 1988
|May 15, 2014, for the New York Mets
He previously played for the New York Mets. Prior to playing professionally, deGrom attended Stetson University and played college baseball for the Stetson Hatters.
DeGrom began playing baseball as a shortstop and was converted into a pitcher during his junior year at Stetson. The Mets selected him in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Mets on May 15, 2014.
That year, deGrom was named the National League’s (NL) Rookie of the Month twice, and the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2021 deGrom was selected as an MLB All-Star.
Jacob deGrom contract
Jacob deGrom signed a 5 year / $185,000,000 contract with the Texas Rangers, including $185,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $37,000,000.
|5 yr(s) / $185,000,000
|2029 / UFA
In 2023, deGrom will earn a base salary of $30,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $30,000,000.
It was always going to take an eye-popping deal to secure deGrom’s services. Texas made sure to reward deGoat’s excellence with a cash-laden contract, snapping him up on five-year, $185 million terms, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The deal features a conditional sixth-year option which could raise the value of the contract to $222 million. Big-time bucks for a big-time arm.
Jacob deGrom new deal
The Rangers signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom to a five-year deal, they announced Friday.
Multiple reports say the deal is worth $185 million and includes a sixth-year option.
DeGrom signed a five-year deal with the New York Mets before the 2019 season, but there was an opt-out after three seasons, which he exercised.
The ace had been noncommittal about returning to New York for a while. The pitcher even said in spring training he would opt out, and Texas had always reportedly been an interest of his.
According to SNY, the Mets were told “deGrom was far down (the road) with the Rangers. Team isn’t sure what it would have offered if it had really come to a bidding war.”
“I wish him well. He has the right to choose his team. Now this team has to move on to the next thing,” Mets owner Steve Cohen told SNY.
Since 2018, he’s pitched to a 2.05 ERA (147 earned runs in 645.1 innings), the best mark in all of baseball.
His 0.87 WHIP is the second-lowest in the majors in that span behind only Justin Verlander, who the Mets have been in touch with after he won his third Cy Young Award. His 12.2 K/9 is also the second-best mark among starters since 2018 behind only Gerrit Cole.
The Mets promoted deGrom to the major leagues on May 12, 2014, after Gonzalez Germen was placed on the disabled list.
The Mets planned to use deGrom in relief, but an injury to Dillon Gee required the Mets to insert him into their starting rotation.
DeGrom made his major league debut on May 15 against cross-town rival New York Yankees in Citi Field.
He faced fellow rookie Chase Whitley, also making his MLB debut. He pitched seven innings, allowing only one run and striking out six, but the Yankees shut out the Mets and won 1–0. DeGrom also collected his first MLB hit in the game in his first career at bat.
It was the first hit by a Mets pitcher in the 2014 season ending an 0-for-64 hitless streak, the worst collective mark by a pitching staff to begin a season in MLB history.
DeGrom compiled four quality starts in his first four MLB starts, but did not record a win in any of them.
On July 8, deGrom pitched seven scoreless innings and recorded 11 strikeouts in giving the Mets their 4,000th franchise victory.
Along with Steve Cishek of the Miami Marlins, deGrom was named the National League’s (NL) Co-Player of the Week for the period of July 21 to 27 after allowing only one earned run in two starts that week. He was named the NL Rookie of the Month for July.
On August 11, deGrom was placed on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis. Rafael Montero was called up on August 12 in deGrom’s place.
On August 23, Montero was re-sent back to the 51s to make room for deGrom coming off the disabled list.
On December 2, 2022, deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers.