January 27, 2023

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Jacob Degrom is still likely to pull out of the Mets;  Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge Not Close To Extensions - Athletic

Jacob Degrom is still likely to pull out of the Mets; Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge Not Close To Extensions – Athletic

As frustrating as the near future of mets right hand Jacob Degrom, his long-term view, at least in terms of his contract, has not changed. As long as DeGrom’s career isn’t in jeopardy, his deal structure makes it likely that he’ll pull out at the end of the season.

Mets announced Friday that DeGrum, 33, will not vomit for up to four weeks due to a stress reaction on the scapula, or scapula. At some point during that time period, additional photos of the area will be taken, and the team will decide on another care plan.

However, even if DeGrom is allowed to resume throwing in a month, he will need time to build up his arm, and the Mets will surely treat him with extreme caution. So, an absence of at least two months seems to be the best case scenario. And given that injuries limited Degrom to just 15 last season, it probably wouldn’t be reasonable to expect full health from him even after his return.

Why then does withdrawal make sense? Since DeGrom only has one more guaranteed year left on his contract, and of the $30.5 million he will be owed, $12 million will be deferred. The Mets also have a club option on him for the following season, valued at $32.5 million, with a $15 million deferral.

In other words, DeGrom will only need to beat the present value of his remaining guarantee on the open market. It would be entirely possible if he was healthy. When DeGrom is on the heap, he’s the best bowler in the world. In his 15 engagements last season, he had a 1.08 ERA.

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