The Mets Opened Their Checkbook for a Huge New Contract for Jacob DeGrom

March 26, 2019 - 2:10 pm

NEW YORK ( -- Jacob deGrom is getting his wish.

The Mets and their ace pitcher have reached an agreement on the multiyear contract deGrom demanded at the start of spring training, according to multiple reports.

The reported deal is for five years, $137.5 million, averaging $27.5 million per season. DeGrom can opt out after 2022, and there is a club option for 2024, according to reports. The contract also is said to include a full no-trade clause.

SNY's Andy Martino was the first to report on the agreement Tuesday morning.

According to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, the contract will pay deGrom a $10 million bonus and $7 million salary this season, $23 million next year, $33.5 million in 2021 and 2022 and $30.5 million in 2023. The 2024 club option is for $32.5 million, which could increase the value of the deal to $170 million.

The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner made it clear at the start of spring training that he was looking for a long-term deal and set Opening Day as a deadline for negotiations. He also floated the possibility that, without a new deal, he might seek to limit the number of innings he pitches.

The 30-year-old right-hander had been under contract for this season for $17 million and was under team control through 2020. 

The deal came following a day of face-to-face negotiations involving Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and deGrom's agents, Jeff Berry and Matt Ricatto, Sherman reported.

DeGrom is coming off a historic season in which he led the majors with a 1.70 ERA. He had 269 strikeouts, although poor run support led to an unspectacular 10-9 record.

In his five seasons with the Mets, the two-time All-Star has gone 55-41 with a 2.67 ERA.

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