DeGrom Remains 'Optimistic' On Extension Talks

Mets, Ace Have Until March 28 To Reach Agreement

March 12, 2019 - 5:54 pm
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By WFAN.com

It's been four weeks since Jacob deGrom and his team of representatives marked Opening Day as the deadline to negotiate a contract extension with the Mets.

With a little over two weeks remaining before the regular season gets underway, deGrom still feels like an agreement can be reached prior to the opener against the Nationals.

"I would like to be seen as a future part of this organization," the Cy Young Award winner told reporters Tuesday. "We have till the end of the spring, so yeah, I'm still optimistic."

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If the two sides cannot reach a deal prior to March 28, deGrom will enter the season on the $17 million contract he negotiated with the team this winter in his second year of arbitration.

The ace is not set to hit free agency until after the 2020 season, so talks can continue next offseason. DeGrom has made it clear that he would like to remain with the Mets for the rest of his career.

"Being a part of the future is definitely something that I would like to be a part of," deGrom said. "That was a goal of mine. I think we're hopeful, so we'll just see what happens."

The 30-year-old will start two more games in spring training before taking the mound against Max Scherzer on Opening Day. 

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