Mets’ deGrom gets $137.5M deal

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The New York Mets and reign­ing Cy Young Award win­ner Ja­cob deGrom agreed to terms on a fiveyear, $137.5 mil­lion ex­ten­sion Tues­day.

The deal was first re­ported by SNY, and the Mets later con­firmed the deal in a press re­lease.

“This is a tremen­dous day for Ja­cob, his fam­ily, our fans and the en­tire Mets or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Mets chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jeff Wilpon said in the re­lease. “Last year, Ja­cob had one of the most re­mark­able sea­sons in base­ball his­tory and we are ex­cited to be able to re­ward him.”

DeGrom, 30, had been un­der con­tract through next sea­son and was sched­uled to earn $17 mil­lion in 2019. The agree­ment comes just three days af­ter the ace right-han­der told re­porters he wasn’t con­fi­dent of a deal be­ing struck be­fore Open­ing Day Thurs­day.

Bos­ton Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale agreed to a five-year, $145 mil­lion ex­ten­sion last Fri­day, and the Houston Astros reached a twoyear, $66 mil­lion deal with for­mer Cy Young win­ner Justin Ver­lan­der.

“Hon­estly, I re­ally have been try­ing not to think about it,” deGrom told re­porters af­ter his fi­nal spring train­ing start. “Yeah, I said I wanted to get some­thing done, but it’s get­ting close to Open­ing Day and I think my fo­cus is on that right now.”

The Mets and deGrom agreed to a one-year, $17 mil­lion con­tract rather than go to ar­bi­tra­tion. He will now earn $7 mil­lion in 2019 to go with a $10 mil­lion sign­ing bonus, $23 mil­lion in 2020, $33.5 mil­lion in 2021-22 and $30.5 mil­lion in 2023 with a club op­tion in 2024, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The deal in­cludes an opt-out clause af­ter the 2022 sea­son and a full no­trade clause.

SF CEO sus­pended

San Fran­cisco Gi­ants pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Baer was sus­pended with­out pay un­til July 2, MLB com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred an­nounced Tues­day.

Baer has been on leave since video of a pub­lic al­ter­ca­tion with his wife sur­faced.

The footage cap­tured by TMZ showed Baer ag­gres­sively pulling some­thing from the hand of his wife, Pam, at a pub­lic park in San Fran­cisco. Pam Baer was heard scream­ing be­fore go­ing to the ground.

Baer was or­dered to have “no in­volve­ment in the op­er­a­tions of the Gi­ants” and is re­quired to un­dergo an eval­u­a­tion by an ex­pert to de­ter­mine “an ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment and coun­sel­ing plan,” Man­fred an­nounced.

MLB said the Gi­ants will ap­point an in­terim con­trol per­son in con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mis­sioner. But the Gi­ants re­leased their own state­ment, and in­di­cated Baer would likely re­port to a new con­trol per­son.

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