Catch sight of! The Mets’ worst nightmare for Jacob deGrom should he fold

New York Mets fans better prepare for the worst-case scenario should Jacob deGrom quit.

Hurt New York Mets Ace Jacob deGrom could be out of his contract after the season ends.

While deGrom hasn’t endorsed the Mets since last year, the four-time All-Star has won two NL Cy Young Awards and taken home the Rookie of the Year award in a New York uniform. However, the 34-year-old right-hander has had a tough time staying healthy. As dominant as he was, it could keep him away from Cooperstown, much like his former teammate David Wright. What if he unsubscribes?

ESPN’s Buster Olney dropped an absolute bombshell tweet on Saturday afternoon: “There’s a perception in some corners of the industry that if Jacob deGrom does what he said back in the spring and he gets out of contract with his Mets, the [Atlanta] Braves will be favorites to land him.”

Although the Mets are arch-rivals of the Atlanta Braves, deGrom grew up in Braves Country. He played his college baseball at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, hometown of none other than Chipper Jones. DeGrom serving for the Braves would have to make Mets fans sick. This would be the equivalent of Braves fans watching Tom Glavine pitch for the Mets.

Would deGrom really be hot on the heels of the Mets, presumably signing a one-year deal with Atlanta?

Jacob deGrom could pull out of the deal with the New York Mets and sign with the Atlanta Braves

As hilarious as it would be to see deGrom win games for the only team that matters, I hate when players leave the only franchise they’ve ever known at free hand. I would be a total hypocrite to say otherwise. As painful as Freddie Freeman’s departure was, baseball is, at its core, a business. The question is whether deGrom’s exit makes financial sense for him. That’s unlikely.

DeGrom has a no-trade clause built into his Mets contract and a player opt-out for 2022. He also had one burned in after 2021 MLB season but decided to stay with the Mets. DeGrom is expected to earn $30.5 million in 2023 and $32.5 million in 2024 should New York exercise his club option. If he executes his deal, deGrom will meet the free hand in 2025 at the age of 37.

In short, deGrom doesn’t get as rich a multi-year contract with the Braves as he does with the Mets. Atlanta may be more willing to spend money at this stage of its competitive lifecycle but can still be outbid by bigger market teams like the Mets. Financially, walking away from that Mets guaranteed money makes absolutely no sense. On the other hand, deGrom might want out.

If deGrom opts out and signs with arch-rival Braves, expect the Mets’ Twitter to catch fire. Catch sight of! The Mets’ worst nightmare for Jacob deGrom should he fold

John Verrall

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