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DeGrom's Agent Suggests Mets Trade Him If They Won't Extend

July 16, 2018 - 3:22 pm
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By WFAN.com

Jacob deGrom has been the subject of trade rumors, but the Mets have balked at the idea, unless they are blown away by an offer. Monday, deGrom's agent suggested that the Mets trade him if they aren't serious about giving the All-Star pitcher a contract extension. 

"We have discussed Jacob's future with the Mets at length," CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. "Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don't share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now. The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."

deGrom, 30, is making $7.4 million this season and is arbitration-eligible in 2019 and 2020 before becomign a free agent after the 2020 season.

The Mets discussed a potential extension with deGrom this offseason before avoiding arbitration, then-GM Sandy Alderson said in January.

"We've been open to discussing long-term deals with the Mets," deGrom said Monday. "There's been no numbers discussed. And I've enjoyed my time here. 

"It's just something that's kind of in the Mets' control and kind of out of mine," he added.

"I would love to play here for my whole career, so I think it's just kind of deciding what we see as the future."

DeGrom is having a career season, when you don't look at wins, since the Mets offense gives him no run support. The righty has a 1.68 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings pitched in the first half, making him the Mets only All-Star this season. 

Mike Francesa opened the show talking about the deGrom news Monday. You can hear the segment below.