Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom agreed to a massive contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday, according to an ESPN report.
OFFICIAL: We’ve signed RHP Jacob deGrom to a 5-year contract. pic.twitter.com/GXHFaOa6m9
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) December 3, 2022
The Rangers announced the five-year deal in a tweet Friday evening without disclosing financials. ESPN reporter Jeff Passan tweeted the deal is worth $185 million with a six year option to potentially bring the deal to $222 million.
BREAKING: Right-hander Jacob deGrom has signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers, sources tell ESPN. Physical is passed. Deal is done. Includes conditional sixth-year option that would take total deal to $222 million. Full no-trade clause. A massive haul.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2022
deGrom opted out of the final year of his deal with the New York Mets after missing the first four months of the 2021 season, in which he finished with a record of 5-4 and a 3.02 ERA in 11 starts, according to ESPN. Injuries have limited him to just over 224 innings the past three seasons, the report continued.
deGrom will now command an annual salary of $37 million, second only to his now former teammate Max Scherzer who commands $40.3 million, according to The New York Post.
NY Post reporter Mike Puma tweeted the Mets never got to a final offer with their former ace.
The Mets never got to a final offer with Jacob deGrom, according to a source.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 3, 2022
The Rangers were the biggest spenders in the 2021 offseason after handing out over $500 million total in contracts to All Star shortstop Corey Seager, second baseman Marcus Semien, and pitcher Jon Gray, according to ESPN. (RELATED: MLB Launches Investigation Into Mets, Yankees Owners Over Potential Aaron Judge Signing).
deGrom, 34, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Mets, winning the Cy Young award in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019, according to Baseball-Refererence. He has a career record of 82-57 with a 2.52 ERA in 209 starts, along with 1607 strikeouts in 1326 innings.