Four teams Jacob deGrom could sign with in MLB Free Agency

Boston Red Sox
After failing in the playoffs after their last berth in the American League East, the Red Sox front office has a lot to consider before heading into the 2023 season.

With seven pitchers making up the majority of the starting innings, the Red Sox need to establish their rotation. Nick Pivetta was the innings leader while Michael Wacha flourished amid his first campaign with Boston. left-handed Chris Sale made his commitmentopting for the final two seasons of his five-year, $145 million contract, originally signed in 2019.

Veteran value goes unexplained when it comes to deGrom. Prior to the 2020 season, deGrom had recorded 30+ starts in four of five seasons from 2015 to 2019. The 34-year-old has also kept his ERA below 3.50 for the past five consecutive seasons.

The addition of a dominating veteran like deGrom, potentially alongside Wacha, gives the Red Sox more room to continue testing the waters with 23-year-old Brayan Bello and relieves any pressure on Sale to return from his current wrist injury that ended his campaign in August. .

New York food
The sure choice of the group.

Last season, the Mets led the NL East with 111 wins and fell short of the Padres in the wildcard round. As previously stated, deGrom relishes the idea of ​​living out his entire career in a Mets uniform, as does team owner Steve Cohen.

“We love Jacob, and I think he’s the best pitcher in baseball,” Cohen told the New York Post in August. “We will do everything we can to make sure he stays. But it’s his decision, not ours. … We’re going to sit down with Jake and try to figure it out at the end of the season.

Granted, both parties expressing mutual interest in a reunion is a far cry from guaranteeing that deGrom will return to the Mets next season. With the Mets having options to spend on big game changers like reliever Edwin Diaz after his career year and AL home run champ Aaron Judge, there’s nothing certain about the deGrom’s future with the organization.

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