Jacob deGrom, arguably the most dominant pitcher in the majors since he arrived on the scene, has agreed to a 5 year 185 million dollar contract with the Texas Rangers.
That comes out to 37 million a year for now the Rangers ace. This is very big for the Rangers, signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien last year but still underperforming. They were 68-94 which was 4th in the division which is not a good season at all, a disappointing season, to say the least adding 2 big bats last offseason.
However, getting back to deGrom, he spent his whole career with the Mets debuting in 2014 where he won rookie of the year on top of that he won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 2018 and 2019. He became a free agent this year, as the top pitcher on the market and baseball fans across the MLB landscape wanted to see where he would sign.
With this 5 year deal with an option for a 6th year with the Rangers, fans well at least me question whether he will be healthy and actually have a full year. 2020-2022 he had only started 38 games being injured for most of his time in those 2 years. The question now arises will the contract backfire on the Rangers or will deGrom stay healthy going into his age-35 season?
My hopes are high for him to come back strong and be dominant but time will tell whether he and the Rangers can be contenders in the AL West. The Mets still have a good team on paper but always crumble under pressure. I'm not sure what they are looking to add in the offseason but they freed up some room on their payroll for another pitcher and more depth.
The Mets extended Edwin Diaz to 3 years 64 million who had a breakout year this past year. Overall this signing could be good or bad for the Rangers. It all depends on deGrom's health but I’m excited to see how it works out for the 2023 season.