But, as he gets set for a massive payday, his time in New York may be coming to an end.
The Mets have never been afraid to spend large sums of money on elite players.
But, there are also not many players with the injury history of deGrom.
The talent on the field is undeniable.
The Mets have made preliminary contact with Jacob deGrom's camp.
— SNY (@SNYtv) November 8, 2022
Yet, deGrom has not shown he can stay on the field consistently.
Over the past three seasons, deGrom has not eclipsed 100 innings pitched.
Granted the 2020 season was only 60 games in which deGrom made 12 starts.
The two-time Cy Young winner has battled all types of injuries over the past few seasons.
His most alarming injuries are those to his throwing shoulder and forearm which cost him a substantial amount of games.
So while deGrom is the best in the business when healthy, the Mets should not overpay for him.
He Cannot Stay Healthy
Even though the Mets are in the middle of their championship window, they would be best served to let deGrom walk.
Not paying deGrom and using that money on a more available player will be key.
Is it possible that deGrom will go to someone else and stay healthy?
Yes, but his history shows that is unlikely to happen.
Some team that is desperate for pitching will give deGrom the lucrative contract that he deserves, but that should not be the Mets.
If his market jobs into a team-friendly deal, then New York should jump all over it.
But, with that unlikely to happen, it makes sense for deGrom to be pitching elsewhere in 2023.