HOUSTON — Through the Mets’ final journey to Philadelphia, in August, two former teammates caught up for a prolonged pregame chat within the outfield.
Zack Wheeler departed that dialog satisfied that if Jacob deGrom leaves the Mets this offseason it gained’t be as a result of he dislikes the group or taking part in in New York.
“He instructed me he’s completely satisfied there,” Wheeler instructed The Publish on Thursday following a Phillies exercise in preparation for Sport 1 of the World Collection on Friday night time at Minute Maid Park. “I simply suppose he desires to get compensated for what he’s executed.”
DeGrom has mentioned he plans to choose out from his contract after the World Collection and turn into a free agent. Below the phrases of the five-year, $137.5 million contract he signed in March 2019, the ace right-hander can gather $30.5 million subsequent season if he doesn’t choose out. The Mets maintain an possibility for 2024 price $32.5 million.
Final winter, Max Scherzer raised the bar for beginning pitching wage by receiving a three-year deal from the Mets that averages $43.3 million yearly.
Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGromAP; N.Y. Publish: Charles Wenzelberg
Wheeler, who left the Mets via free company following the 2019 season, mentioned it’s fully comprehensible deGrom would wish to choose out from his contract.
“I don’t suppose it was the proper compensation on the time,” Wheeler mentioned. “I can’t converse for him, it’s some huge cash and it’s life-changing cash and I feel anyone would have taken that on the time. However on the identical time individuals have seen what he’s executed and possibly you’ll be able to appropriate it alongside the best way, and that is his probability to appropriate it.”
Wheeler, who’s scheduled to start out Sport 2 of the World Collection on Saturday in opposition to the Astros, was requested if the Mets’ rotation might survive deGrom’s attainable departure.
“It leaves a giant gap, however [owner] Steve Cohen clearly is prepared to spend so who is aware of what sort of substitute he might get in there, by way of commerce or free-agent signing,” Wheeler mentioned. “However I feel it might go away a giant gap for positive. [DeGrom] has been there perpetually. It could go away a gap within the clubhouse and undoubtedly on the mound.”
Noah Syndergaard, who was acquired by the Phillies from the Angels on the commerce deadline, in contrast the potential for deGrom leaving the Mets to Freddie Freeman departing the Braves final offseason.
However Syndergaard added he can be stunned if deGrom left the Mets.
“With Steve Cohen something is feasible, particularly when you’ve a pitcher like deGrom — he’s obtained the potential and stuff to be the very best pitcher ever to stroll this earth,” Syndergaard mentioned. “I simply hope that he stays wholesome.”
Regardless of the actual fact the Mets and Phillies are NL East rivals, Wheeler mentioned he desires deGrom to stick with the Mets.
“I take pleasure in going through him,” Wheeler mentioned.
Wheeler left the Mets for a five-year deal price $118 million and has since emerged as an ace. The Phillies right-hander went 12-7 with a 2.82 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 153 innings. This postseason, he has began 4 video games and pitched to a 1.78 ERA.
Wheeler mentioned returning to Citi Subject to face the Mets continues to be a thrill, albeit one which has dampened after three seasons.
“However you continue to wish to do properly,” he mentioned. “You continue to wish to pitch properly there and form of present them what they missed out on, simply personally, however the peak of it I suppose has form of handed.”
Wheeler’s departure occurred a yr earlier than Cohen purchased the Mets. However Wheeler isn’t about to guess whether or not he nonetheless can be pitching in Queens if Cohen had purchased the crew sooner.
“We’ll by no means know,” Wheeler mentioned. “Lots of people might say it might have ended in a different way, however who is aware of?”