ESPN and a number of retailers reported earlier Tuesday that deGrom’s representatives set the Opening Day deadline and knowledgeable the Mets that deGrom wouldn’t negotiate a deal in the course of the season.
However Van Wagenen, the Mets’ first-year GM and deGrom’s former agent, labeled the deadline as a “mutual understanding” in an alternate with reporters later Tuesday.
“There isn’t any motive for a distraction to hold into the common season, and we’ll proceed to have dialogue over the course of this spring and see the place these discussions lead,” Van Wagenen stated. “However the very last thing both facet desires to do is have this be a distraction as soon as the season begins.”
The Mets’ regular-season opener is on March 28 towards the Nationals, which means they’ve simply over six weeks to succeed in an settlement with the reigning NL Cy Younger Award winner.
Van Wagenen stated the Mets and deGrom “proceed to have dialogue” this offseason about an extension however declined to supply particular particulars of these talks. The edges may probably resume contract talks subsequent offseason, as deGrom is not scheduled to turn into a free agent till after the 2020 season.
CAA agent Jeff Berry, who represents deGrom, launched a prolonged memo to all gamers in late December, calling for union solidarity in adopting a variety of measures in response to a second straight offseason marked by a gradual free-agent market.
Amongst his many suggestions, Berry urged that gamers ought to doubtlessly restrict their particular person workloads to take care of most worth forward of free company. The New York Submit stories that deGrom may self-impose restrictions on his workload if he does not get a brand new deal from the Mets.
DeGrom, 30, led the majors with a 1.70 ERA this previous season, going 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings. The edges averted arbitration final month by agreeing to a one-year deal value $17 million, a document elevate for an arbitration-eligible participant from his $7.four million wage. He has yet one more 12 months of arbitration.
Van Wagenen stated Tuesday that he desires to ensure “there is no such thing as a strained relationship” between the Mets and deGrom, “it doesn’t matter what takes place.”