Mets Give Jacob deGrom a Five-Year, $137.5 Million Extension

Jacob deGrom with the Mets in 2018
Jacob deGrom with the Mets in 2018. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9793835e)

New York Mets’ All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom is getting rewarded for a standout season he had in 2018. According to several media outlets, including ESPN and New York Times, Mets and deGrom have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million extension.

deGrom’s extension will see him have an opt-out following the 2022 MLB season, while the Mets hold a club option for 2024. In case the team picks up the option, the 30-year-old’s extension will be for six-year and worth $170 million. The deal also has a no-trade clause.

deGrom, who won the NL Cy Young Award last season, had two years left on his old contract, being scheduled to make $17 million this season and up for arbitration in 2020.

Although New York Mets ended 2018 with 77-85 record, Jacob deGrom had an excellent individual season with 1.70 ERA in 217 innings. This not only led the league but was also the fifth-lowest ERA in a single season since 1969. He had 32 starts in which he went 10-9 but provided 269 strikeouts.

After receiving his majors debut in 2014, deGrom quickly established himself as the New York Mets’ leading pitcher and managed to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. He added two All-Star appearances later on alongside previously mentioned Cy Young Award. His MLB career stats include 55 – 41 record, 2.67 ERA and 1,000 strikeouts.