Mets’ deGrom gets $137.5M deal
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.