Jacob deGrom informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season, an industry source told The Post on Tuesday. DeGrom’s camp has set Opening Day as the deadline to complete any potential long-term deal.
deGrom will be a free agent after the 2020 season. He is seeking a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the Mets long term.
deGroms agent, Jeff Berry met with team COO Jeff Wilpon at the Winter Meetings to discuss deGrom’s future, but contract negotiations never gained traction.
A source indicated deGrom could put such restrictions on himself if a new deal isn’t reached with the Mets. The Mets have until opening day to extend deGrom to a long term deal. Once the season starts he will not negotiate a new deal.
The Mets are taking a huge risk here if they don’t extend him. If deGrom goes out and does anything remotely close to 2018, the price is going to be in the 30’s as far as AAV.