After some tense exchanges and posturing on both sides, the New York Mets have come to terms with their ace, Jacob DeGrom, on a lucrative contract extension.  The deal is worth a whopping $137 million over 5 years.  It includes a full no-trade clause and gives DeGrom the opportunity to opt out after the 3rd season.  The Mets hold a team option before the final year of the deal in which DeGrom would earn $32.5 million.

joins a number or other prominent players such as  Mike Trout, Chris Sale, Justin Verlander and Nolan Arenado who have recently signed long-term extensions with their current clubs. I believe this recent trend is a direct results of the lukewarm free agent market the past two off seasons, particularly this one where elite players were still unsigned as late as February.  Some like Craig Kimbrel still remain unsigned and others were forced to sign minor league deals.

In any case, the deal is a positive boost on all fronts.  The Mets lock up the reigning Cy Young Award winner in his prime for another five years. The move is a huge morale boost to the clubhouse as it signifies that the front office is truly invested in the success of the team and of course, this is a tremendous shot in the arm of a fan base that has endured a long history of mistrust and lack of faith in management’s willingness to spend to win.

With that, DeGrom will be matched up against another Cy Young winner in Max Scherzer as the Mets open their 2019 campaign in Washington against their division rivals, the Nationals on Thursday afternoon.