Jacob deGrom is giving the Mets less than 50 days to make a decision.
DeGrom and his new agent at CAA have set Opening Day as the deadline for a long-term contract deal for the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, a source confirmed to the Daily News.
The 30-year-old is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season and has been involved in long-term contract discussions throughout the offseason, to no avail. DeGrom is hoping to land a contract that would buy out his arbitration year and extend his deal with the Mets.
DeGrom is set to earn $17 million in 2019 after receiving $7.4 million last season, in his second year of arbitration. The bump is the highest in arbitration history.
DeGrom, following a pattern, also elected not to discuss his contract during the 2018 season while working with his previous agent, current Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. It’s no surprise deGrom will follow suit this season so that he can either focus on pitching well for the team, or staying healthy for his free agency.
In addition to becoming the fourth player in Mets franchise history to win the Cy Young, deGrom’s long list of accomplishments feature two All-Star nods, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2018 NL ERA title (1.70).