Jacob deGrom departs for Texas

The Texas Rangers and Jacob deGrom have reached an agreement that would have deGrom in a Texas Rangers uniform for the next five seasons.

The deal is worth $185M, however, deGrom can up the value as high as $222M.

We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” general manager Chris Young said in the press release. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout Major League pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this off-season is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.

Via MLBTradeRumors.com

Mike Puma is reporting that deGrom and co. did not give the Mets the chance to put in a final offer before signing with the Rangers.

This leaves Max Scherzer as the ace of the Mets, while they also possibly try to retain Chris Bassitt for the middle of the rotation.

While the Mets could never replace the two-time Cy Young award winner, they’ll need to find a strong replacement to slide behind Scherzer in order to contend.

And with deGrom now a Texas Ranger, this gives Steve Cohen and the Mets the opportunity to focus elsewhere, without any major distractions… at least as of now.

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