Jacob deGrom, Mets agree to five-year, $137.5 million extension

Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million extension, a person with direct knowledge of the extension confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. 

The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity because it’s pending a physical.

SNY first reported the extension. 

The deal starts in 2019 with an opt-out after the 2022 season, the same year as Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sales’ opt-out.

He will earn $7 million in 2019 and receive a $10 million signing bonus, followed by $23 million in 2020, $33.5 million in 2021-22, $30.5 million in 2023 with a club option in 2024.

DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, had an unprecedented 2018  season. He finished with a minuscule 1.70 ERA, sixth lowest among qualifiers since the mound was lowered to its current height in 1969.  

His 10 victories was the lowest win total ever for a starting Cy Young winner. Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez had 13 victories when he won the 2010 AL Cy Young.

 

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