The list of things that have gone wrong is equivalent to that shopping list you bring to the hardware store when you’re looking to fix things around the house.
If there is one thing that has gone right for the Mets this season, it is the performance of Jacob deGrom, who has been the best pitcher in baseball this season.
Despite the fact that the Mets have squandered multiple leads and have failed to provide deGrom with any sort of run support, the numbers speak for themselves.
Jacob deGrom is in the conversation when you mention the top pitchers in all of baseball.
His situation and future with the Mets have been the topic of much discussion over the last few weeks.
The debate that has been unavoidable on sports radio and in the papers over the past six weeks is whether or not the Mets should get a king's ransom of young players in exchange for deGrom.
However, heading into the All-Star Break, it appeared there was no time table. The Mets have deGrom under control until the end of the 2020 season.
At least, there was no time table until now.
Monday, Jacob deGrom's agent basically issued an ultimatum to the New York Mets: pay me now or else.
“We have discussed Jacob’s future at length. Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come, the agent told members of the media over the All-Star break. “If the Mets don’t share that same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade possibilities now.
“The inertia of the current situation could complicate Jacob’s relationship with the team and create an atmosphere of indecision,” he added.
The Mets are now faced (forced?) with a decision: do they talk a deal with Jacob deGrom and make him the face of the franchise for years to come? Or do the Mets decide it’s time to move on.
The Mets cannot under any circumstances keep deGrom until he is a free agent and hope that he would be willing to resign.
If he’s going to reisgn, it’s going to be now.
How should the Mets go about this? Well, it’s simple.
The Mets should resign Jacob deGrom. He is already on a list of elite company for his work with the Mets franchise.
When you consider the amount of hype that so many of the Mets pitchers have gotten over the years, deGrom has been the steady constant year after year.
He is a gamer, he competes day in and day out, and is the perfect guy to build around.
It’s a simple proposition for the New York Mets: buy out Jacob deGrom’s arbitration years and make sure he is a Met for the next five years.
In three years, you should be thinking about Jacob deGrom as a guy who is on his way to being one of the best Mets of all time, not the one who got away.
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