On Sunday, the San Deigo Padres defeated the New York Mets by a score of 6-0, ending New York’s season which included 101 wins and first place in the NL East for most of the season. Saturday, in game two of the wild card series between the Mets and Padres, New York’s star righty Jacob deGrom took the bump going six innings and allowing just two runs.
Before the 2022 MLB season started deGrom made it clear that he intended to opt out of his contract at the end of the year. deGrom also reiterated those ambitions in early July.
With that being said, it appears that baseball’s best pitcher will hit the open market this holiday season.
The Texas Rangers are in luck because they have the two things it will take to land the superstar, the need for pitching and money.
So, will the Rangers actually go after deGrom?
Before I answer this question, I want to say that I am not saying that the Rangers will actually land Jacob deGrom. However, the question was will they go after him and the answer to that question is yes.
Rangers GM Chris Young assured fans at his end-of-season press conference that Texas would be active in the market for starting pitching both on the free agent market and the trade market. With that being said, we know the Rangers are willing to spend money. Last offseason the $500 million dollar middle infield duo put to bed any claims that the Rangers won’t shell out cash to upgrade their team.
There is no doubt a chance that deGrom could just be opting out of his contract in order to sign a new contract with the Mets. Not to mention how the Rangers will have several competitors in this sweepstakes including the Yankees, Braves, Dodgers, and more.
One thing is for certain, Texas will be in on Jacob deGrom until the second he signs.