New York Mets: Don’t mess up Jacob deGrom negotiations

Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets are in the midst of contract negotiations with Jacob  deGrom. If reports are true they had better be careful. Don’t mess this up.

The New York Mets are embroiled in contract negotiations with Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom. He becomes a free agent after the 2020 season but he wants to buy out that final year and extend his deal long-term.

Technically with over a year to go, there isn’t a rush here. John Carroll wrote about the fact that fans shouldn’t worry about the extension.

He makes great points about how deGrom is technically still under team control for the next two years. The Mets don’t HAVE to do something now. deGrom is set to make $17 million in 2019.

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The thing is, they don’t have to tick off deGrom’s camp either.

There is a report in the NY Post indicating that the negotiations will be stopped on Opening Day.

That in and of itself isn’t so bad. Players don’t often want to engage in negotiations during the season. They feel it will negatively impact their on-field performance.

However, if the agent and/or player are going to put restrictions on the use of the player, it’s has problem potential.

This also comes from the Post report:

"DeGrom’s CAA agent, Jeff Berry, recently released a memo that outlined recourse for players who seek reform in free agency, following two historically slow markets. Among the ideas suggested by Berry was that pitchers could look to cap their workloads in a season to ensure their value remains at a higher level heading to free agency. And a source indicated deGrom could put such restrictions on himself if a new deal isn’t reached with the Mets."

Ironically, it’s the Mets general manager that started the controversy with deGrom, before he was the GM.

Remember last year? Brodie was deGrom’s agent and he went on record saying that the Mets need to either sign him long-term or trade him.

Now he is the one who gets to make the decision. Isn’t it interesting? Brodie said the Mets should sign the player long-term, and now that he is the general manager, they aren’t signing him long-term.

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The Mets have been very vocal about the fact that they plan on contending in the NL East, this year. Brodie has been very vocal about this. With the moves made he feels that the team is going to compete.

That statement will be harder to make true if deGrom has imposed restrictions on himself or if his agent has done so. We saw what happened with Matt Harvey.

Mets franchise, listen up. Do this right. Don’t screw this up.