Right-handed starter Jacob deGrom has agreed to a five-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Check out where was Jacob deGrom born.
Jacob deGrom : Sign with Rangers | where was born
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 major league debut with the Mets on May 15, 2014 and in the same 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 and in 2018, deGrom was the NL leader in earned run average and won the Cy Young Award.
In 2019, he led the NL in strikeouts and won the Cy Young Award for the second year in a row. Then in 2020, he again led the NL in strikeouts.
Jacob deGrom sign with Rangers
Right-handed starter Jacob deGrom has agreed to a five-year contract with the Texas Rangers, the club announced on Friday night.
No financial terms were disclosed by the organization, but CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden confirmed the deal is worth $185 million.
DeGrom, 34, was ranked by CBS Sports as the second-best free agent available this winter. Here’s what we wrote at the time:
It reads oddly given deGrom’s excellent track record, but he might be the biggest risk-reward proposition in the class. He’s been one of the best pitchers in the sport since he debuted in 2014, of course, amassing two Cy Young Awards and four All-Star Games appearances along the way.
There’s no questioning his legacy, or his ability to throw a baseball with great efficacy when he’s healthy — therein lies the rub: how often will he be healthy heading forward? Injuries have limited deGrom to 26 starts over the last two seasons, and he’s now a half-year shy of turning 35. Pitchers do not tend to stay healthier as they age.
Seeing as how deGrom opted out of a one-year pact that would have paid him $32.5 million, it’s likely that he’s seeking a deal with an AAV closer to the $43 million Max Scherzer received last winter.
Someone will undoubtedly pony up for a chance at adding a bonafide ace to their rotation, but they may end up experiencing buyer’s remorse if deGrom’s body continues to fail to comply.
This marks the second consecutive offseason the Rangers have made a splash, following last winter’s signings of two of the top position players available in Marcus Semien and Corey Seager.
Where was born
DeGrom is from DeLeon Springs, Florida. He was raised by his parents, Tony, an AT&T lineman, and Tammy, a customer service representative for a credit card rewards program. Tony DeGrom built a batting cage in the backyard for his son to practice.
Jacob DeGrom credits his father for his quiet intensity and remembers demanding sessions playing catch in their yard. He says his father said to stay humble.
He is one of three children of Tony and Tammy; his sisters are named Sarah and Jessica and grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.
Shortly after graduating from high school deGrom met his wife, Stacey.
They were married in November 2014, and live in DeLand, Florida and had a son in April 2016 and their second child, a girl was born in February 2018.
Also they have a Morkie which is a combination of a Maltese and a Yorkie.