The New York Mets were active this offseason and added three key pitchers to bolster their starting rotation.
Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, and Jose Quintana have been added to complement staff ace Max Scherzer.
However, they’ll be without Jacob deGrom, who won two Cy Young Awards during his time as a Met.
deGrom signed a five-year deal to join the Texas Rangers this offseason, which prompted the Mets to grab the three veteran starters.
But there are no hard feelings between deGrom and the Mets.
This afternoon, Scherzer commented on deGrom’s impact on the team and wished him well in his future endeavors.
“I think the world of him. When he's on the mound, it's incredible what he can do. Never seen anything like it. Wish him nothing but the best. He's gonna go out there and absolutely kill it.” #LGM
~ Max Scherzer on Jacob deGrom. pic.twitter.com/uewNljjoWs
— GENY Mets Report (@genymets) February 15, 2023
Clearly, there is no love lost between deGrom and his former Mets teammates.
The Mets will still have a stacked rotation, but Scherzer clearly enjoyed the opportunity to share a starting rotation with the two-time National League Cy Young.
deGrom missed most of the 2022 season recovering from a stress reaction in his right shoulder, but returned to the team on August 2 for the stretch run.
The Mets won 101 games with both aces at the top of their rotation and reached the postseason as a Wild Card team.
But Scherzer clearly still has a ton of respect for his former teammate and is excited to see what he’ll do as a member of the Rangers rotation.
deGrom will have Martin Perez, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Heaney, and Jake Odorizzi to work with in a new-look Rangers rotation that appears to have the team pointed towards contention for the first time in seven years.NEXT: MLB Analysts Break Down The Mets Rotation