Mets Owner Steve Cohen Says the Team Will Do ‘Whatever We Can’ to Keep Jacob deGrom

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Despite being out of action for most of the last year, Steve Cohen is adamant that he’ll ensure Jacob deGrom doesn’t leave the New York Mets.

deGrom has two years remaining on his current contract, which would pay him an average of $31 million per year. However, he also has an opt out that he can exercise after the season, and he’s repeatedly signaled his intention to exercise it.

Cohen, the Mets owner spoke to The New York Post on Saturday from Citi Field and said he understands deGrom’s rights and wants to ensure he doesn’t go anywhere:

“Listen, he certainly has the right to do that. We love Jacob, and I think he’s the best pitcher in baseball. We’ll do whatever we can to make sure he stays. But it’s his decision, not ours.” 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 20: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets before game one of a double header at Citizens Bank Park on August 20, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) New York Mets owner Steven A. Cohen speaks at the Tom Seaver statue unveiling ceremony before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on April 15, 2022 in New York City. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 10-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Since returning from his injury, deGrom has been as dominant as ever, compiling a 1.08 FIP in over 29 innings and striking out over 14 hitters per nine innings.

Remarkably, his average fastball velocity is the highest it’s ever been at 99.3, even at the age of 34. He’s also managed to essentially eliminate walks, recording only two this season.

There is no shortage of impressive statistics when it comes to Jacob deGrom, and if he does opt out and go to free agency, he’ll be easily the most desirable pitcher on the market.

While he’s on the older side for a dominant starter, his stuff has clearly not diminished at all and players of his caliber don’t often become available.

Justin Verlander, at the age of 39, has also had a tremendous season and is the likely AL Cy Young winner, providing a track record of success for “older” players that teams can evaluate.

deGrom also doesn’t have as many innings under his belt as similarly aged players. Clayton Kershaw, for example, is also 34, but has thrown 2,729 innings in the regular and postseason. deGrom on the other hand has thrown only 1,316.

Ostensibly he should have a longer runway to maintaining his velocity given the lower usage rates.

It certainly seems likely deGrom will at least get to free agency, but if one of the wealthiest owners in the sport has anything to say about it, he won’t actually be going anywhere.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC

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